Bryological Ecology or BRECOG will be a guide to the ecology of bryophyte communities in Great Britain – a kind of ‘NVC for bryophytes’.
Surveys for the project will go on until 2016, so the British Bryological Society invite their members to a special recording meeting every year. They also encourage us to go out and survey for ourselves, as it’s a great way of learning common bryophytes.
This year the recording meeting was on Anglesey which offered the opportunity to survey in some interesting coastal habitats.
On day 1 we visited coastal heathland and rocks at Porth Diana, a site known for its population of spotted rockrose Tuberaria guttata. The rockrose was looking pretty modest as small ground-hugging rosettes as it was the beginning of April, but hopefully by the time you read this it should be well on its way to flowering. Mossy quadrats within the heathland were dominated by Polytrichum juniperinum and Ceratodon purpureum.
Day 2 was spent at Newborough Warren doing quadrats on mobile dune, dune grassland and dune slack and looking for the elusive Petalophyllum ralfsii.
On the final day we went to a base-rich fen at Cors Bodeilio, where we ignored the weather and completed quadrats in some very interesting wet habitats. Calliergon giganteum was my plant of the day, a massive great Christmas tree of a moss and one I hope to see again soon.
I had a top weekend and will definitely aim to go to future BRECOG events 🙂