Bryologising at Montgomery Castle with Border Bryo Group

Time for my annual pilgrimage to Border Bryo Group !  They run meetings throughout the winter but somehow I only ever seem to make it to one a year – it’s living at the “wrong end” of Cheshire that makes it just that little bit too far to go.  This time the meeting in Montgomery coincided with our wedding anniversary, so provided an optimal excuse for a weekend away complete with slap up dinners etc.  And bryophytes. Obviously.

mossy tree bole

We met in the square at Montgomery and it was nice to see lots of faces familiar from last year’s bryo weekend based in Shropshire.  We set off to explore Montgomery Castle and the surrounding woodland.

montgomery castle

For those unfamiliar with the area, Montgomery Castle is a Proper Castle – i.e. it is ancient, ruined, on the top of a precipice and with spectacular views.  The steep woodland and variety of aspects available made for a diverse array of bryophytes of grassland, walls and woodland.  Here are some snaps from the day:

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Border Bryologists meetings are organised by Mark Lawley and include the counties of Shropshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Montgomeryshire and more.  Mark’s contact details can be found on the BBS website.

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