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.
It’s lovely to botanise with other people, especially if they are more experienced than me, as I find that I learn so much more through working with others than I do when I’m out on my own. This was a very enjoyable weekend in west Cumbria.
On the Saturday the weather was foggy and it was mizzling, so we decided to be sensible and stick to obvious paths, tracks and riverbanks for our day on Lankrigg & Latterbarrow Moss, above Ennerdale Water. We were rewarded with 72 species of bryophyte including sheets and sheets of Nardia scalaris, Marsupella emarginata and Diplophyllum albicans – common species, but nice to see them flourishing in obviously very favourable habitat. Later, I found Odontoschisma sphagni and we saw Ptilidium ciliare and Riccardia chamedryfolia. Continue reading
Target species for today was Preissia quadrata, a close relative of the ubiquitous Marchantia polymorpha:
From the BBS Field Guide
Preissia quadrata is rare in the Warrington area because it prefers calcareous rocks and soils, which we don’t have much of. The Mucky Mountains, though, have exactly the right conditions created by tipping of alkaline waste from the Vitriol Works through til the mid-1800s. 150 years later the waste has weathered and been colonised by all sorts of interesting wildlife. Continue reading
We had a successful trip here last year to look at flowering plants and thought why not come back to see the mosses and liverworts too? We went on to record 46 species of bryophytes, a new group best 😀
Species of the day was Zygodon viridissimus growing on the dam wall, but it was an especially good day for liverworts including Calypogeia arguta, Calypogeia muelleriana, Pellia endiviifolia, Pellia epiphylla s.s., both common species of Lophocolea, Cephalozia bicuspidata and two species of Metgeria !
This is the partner workshop to the British Bryological Society’s Pleurocarps workshop which I attended back in November. This time our tutor was Sharon Pilkington of Wessex Bryology Group and our mission was to understand and identify acrocarpous mosses with the aid of our microscopes and Sharon’s many samples collected over the course of the last year.
We had a fun (if damp) day out at Rhydymwyn investigating the bryoflora of the woodland which cloaks the embankment on the western edge of the site. We found 26 species we could confidently identify 🙂