The British Bryological Society Spring Meeting was in Devon this year. That’s a long way from home, but I was tempted down by the opportunity to spend time in one of England’s loveliest counties in the company of expert bryologists.
Having explored the vascular plant flora of Lumb Brook Wood last year, we thought it would be a good place to record mosses and liverworts. The site is mature woodland, is thought to be ancient at least in part and has the benefit of a stream running through it, so we thought it had lots of bryological potential.
Three bryologists met at Chester Meadows to investigate its moss and liverwort flora. We weren’t sure what to expect but were hopeful of finding some interesting epiphytes given the riverside location and abundance of mature trees. As it turned out, most of the trees were devoid of bryo-life, the weather was horrible, we were freezing and we managed only ten species before giving up and going for a coffee to warm up! You win some, you lose some. I am quite sure there are interesting things to be found at this site, just not on this visit.
The Spring Meeting was organised by the inimitable Mark O Hill and turned the focus of our bryological hand lens onto Radnorshire. Our mission was to search for rare plants, update old records for interesting species and record in places which had never been recorded before. This involved almost a whole week of adventures, each day starting in the inauspicious surroundings of Tesco car park in Llandrindod Wells…… Continue reading
This was a lovely meeting involving old and new friends and a trip to a most scenic castle. And some bryology 🙂
Sorry to say that I don’t have any pretty pictures, though, as I have been too busy recording plants on the two occasions I’ve been here!
We recorded 28 species (plus homework), all common plants of woodland in acid upland situations, it stayed dry and I think everyone had a nice time. Win. Species of the day was Pseudotaxiphyllum elegans because it was looking plush and lovely and on closer inspection had lots of the characteristic long filaments in the leaf axils – very helpful for ID.
From the BBS Field Guide
Here is a website with some nice pictures of the castle and environs to make up for my lack of photos.