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2017 – 2018
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:
12A Castleview Terrace,
Tel: 01584 876564
By kind invitation of Sylvia and Mike Backhouse, we will explore their meadows,
woodland and riverside at Caerbwla (SJ 006083), near Llanerfyl, Montgomeryshire.
In Llanerfyl turn left off the A458 between two large Wellingtonias towards Talerddig.
After just over two miles a long straight in the road ends by bending to the left.
Ignore the right turn by the refuse bins, and take the next right turn into Caerbwla.
The house name is on a slate sign on the large oak tree.
Go up the drive and park in front of the buildings.
Come and explore The Hollies (SJ 382021), a reserve of the Shropshire Wildlife Trust
near Snailbeach at the northern end of the Stiperstones, Shropshire.
The reserve is sheep pasture dotted with ancient deciduous trees and hollies,
patches of damp soil, and a stream.
In the village of Snailbeach, opposite the village hall turn east along a lane and go
up the hill. Shortly after a sharp right bend at the top of the hill, turn left down
a track to a gate. Go through the gate, and there is space to park a few yards further
along on the left hand side.
Bryologists can often find many species in built-up districts, where pavements and tarmac,
mortared walls, roofs and soil offer a variety of habitats. We will put this statement
to the test by exploring Presteigne in Radnorshire. Included in its variety of habitats,
Presteigne has several public houses, so you won’t need sandwiches if you fancy a
pint at lunchtime.
Meet at the car park by the B4355 at the west end of Presteigne (SO 309651).
Wigmore Castle and Deerfold Forest
The mortared ruins of Wigmore Castle in north Herefordshire support numerous notable
flowering plants and ferns, so it will be interesting to see if their bryoflora matches
up. After exploring the castle we will walk up the lane into Deerfold Forest, where
long-established deciduous woodland holds a very different suite of species.
Park at the village hall in Wigmore (SO 415690).
This year’s joint meeting with Worcs Moss Group is at Kyre Park south-east of Tenbury
Wells, Worcestershire. We will explore the park’s pools, woodland and pastures.
Turn west off the B4214 towards Bockleton and Kyre (brown sign to ‘Kyre Park’). Turn
right after 350 metres at the entrance to Kyre Park, and right again just before a large
red-brick building past a rather old sign for Kyre Park and Gardens. Go down the drive
for 150 metres to the car park (SO 627636) on the left at the bottom, ignoring all turnings.
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).
It has 133 pages, illustrated, including
- a bryological travelogue of good localities
- changes to the county’s bryoflora
- an annotated checklist of species
- Shropshire’s bygone bryologists
It is available at £19.95 including P&P from Mark Lawley at the address above
Wildlife in the Marches
Mark Lawley's new 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’.