I eschewed the usual Hallowe’en festivities this year in favour of spending the weekend looking at moss – an increasingly common decision for me! I’m beginning to think bryology is quite addictive….. I had signed up for the British Bryological Society Pleurocarps weekend with Martin Godfrey to learn more about this group of mosses.
Pleurocarps are a big group of mosses including all the feathery creepy branchy carpety ones which make up so much of the biomass on the woodland floor in much of the north and west of the country. I can do the obvious ones, the equivalent of the dandelion, if you like, but there are many which look rather similar and what I wanted to do with this course was get my head around why they are different.
We spent the first day in woodland near Ironbridge looking at all the feathery woodland species:
and the second day in flushes around the Long Mynd where we were distracted by Philonotis fontana and Sphagnum palustre- not pleurocarps, but very nice anyway.
and there was even a bonus (though unsuccessful) hunt for hornworts thrown in:
It was a great weekend with a great group of people who I hope to bump into again soon whilst out mossing 🙂