Our last trip to Woolston Eyes was in continuous heavy rain and we managed to collect Brachythecium rutabulum no fewer than five times (!). This time we were blessed with nicer weather for our trip to investigate the bryophytes of bed no.4 .
Bed no. 4 has a variety of moss and liverwort habitats including concrete, open sand, woodland and grassland. We recorded 29 species including some lovely Bryum dichotomum with lots of gemmae, and the species of the day was Funaria hygrometrica which flummoxed us initially by appearing in all stages of growth from sporeling to mature plant on the open sand.