Some bryologists bryologising

2016 – 2017

Our meetings are to help beginners learn their mosses and liverworts, rather than high-powered recording sessions. All are on Sundays, and start at 10.30 a.m. Please bring sandwiches.

You may wish to bring with you a copy of the British Bryological Society's Mosses and Liverworts of Britain and Ireland: a Field-guide (2010).

You are very welcome to suggest venues for future outdoor meetings; please include grid references and details for parking. In case of any queries, contact the group leader:

Mark Lawley,
12 Castleview Terrace,

Tel: 01584 876564



Sunday 23rd

We will explore 4 acres of wet meadows and pasture with ditches and a stream at Caeberllan, a smallholding near Llanerfyl, west of Welshpool, Montgomeryshire by kind invitation of Sian Edwards. Half a mile east of Llanerfyl turn south off the A458 up a no-through-lane. Go past two bungalows on the right and through a gate by a farmhouse. Continue up the hill to a white cottage at the end of the lane. (Ignore a gate on the right with ‘Drum’ sign.) Caeberllan is at SJ 0415 0888.


Sunday 27th

Turnastone Court Farm
(SO 358365), near Vowchurch, Herefordshire with Worcestershire Moss Group. Pastures, with tree-lined streams (River Dore, Trenant Brook, Shegear Stream and Slough Stream), as well as Mill Pond. Turn off the B4348 on to a minor road, past the church and a telephone box on the left, over the River Dore, and park in the granary yard. We may also spend a little time looking in the churchyard.



Sunday 15th

National Trust, near Bridgnorth, Shropshire, by kind permission of the National Trust estate. Park at SO 739899 just off the main road (on the left travelling from Bridgnorth to Quatt). This is at the start of a track leading to Heath Farm, after a road café and caravan park. We will explore nearby woodland, and then drive on to the visitors’ car park at Dudmaston Hall (SO 748886). From there we will walk into a dingle rich with ferns and bryophytes. Hopefully we will also have time to reach the pools.


Sunday 12th

Meet in the car park opposite the public house at Stockton (SO 519612), north of Leominster, Herefordshire to look for bryophytes in Long Wood and Stockton Ride. If time remains we might also examine the yard at Kimbolton Church half a mile up the lane.


Sunday 19th

Cefn Cenarth
(SN 964759) is a Radnorshire Wildlife Trust reserve with oak woodland, and a way-marked trail to the top of the hill in the northern section. Take the B4518 from Rhayader north to St. Harmon. At Pant-y-Dwr turn first left just before the bus shelter, and continue for 1.3 miles before going straight ahead onto a forestry track; don’t follow the road round to the left. Drive past a house into the forestry and park in the layby on the right.

The Mosses and Liverworts Of Shropshire

You may also be interested in purchasing a copy of "The Mosses and Liverworts Of Shropshire" by Mark Lawley (2013).

The Mosses and Liverworts Of Shropshire

It has 133 pages, illustrated, including

It is available at £19.95 including P&P from Mark Lawley at the address above

Wildlife in the Marches

Mark Lawley's book "Wildlife in the Marches" (2015) contextualises natural history in the wider scope of social history.
The book can be ordered online from Amazon, or by post from Marches Publications, 12A Castleview Terrace, Ludlow, Shropshire SY8 2NG.
Please make your cheque for £34.50 (which includes £6 P&P) payable to ‘Mark Lawley’.

Wildlife in the Marches


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