Some bryologists bryologising

2017 – 2018

Our meetings are to help beginners learn their mosses and liverworts, rather than high-powered recording sessions. All are on Sundays, and start at 10.30 a.m. Please bring sandwiches.

You may wish to bring with you a copy of the British Bryological Society's Mosses and Liverworts of Britain and Ireland: a Field-guide (2010).

You are very welcome to suggest venues for future outdoor meetings; please include grid references and details for parking. In case of any queries, contact the group leader:

Mark Lawley,
12A Castleview Terrace,

Tel: 01584 876564



Sunday 22nd

By kind invitation of Sylvia and Mike Backhouse, we will explore their meadows, woodland and riverside at Caerbwla (SJ 006083), near Llanerfyl, Montgomeryshire.

In Llanerfyl turn left off the A458 between two large Wellingtonias towards Talerddig. After just over two miles a long straight in the road ends by bending to the left. Ignore the right turn by the refuse bins, and take the next right turn into Caerbwla. The house name is on a slate sign on the large oak tree. Go up the drive and park in front of the buildings.


Sunday 26th

The Hollies
Come and explore The Hollies (SJ 382021), a reserve of the Shropshire Wildlife Trust near Snailbeach at the northern end of the Stiperstones, Shropshire. The reserve is sheep pasture dotted with ancient deciduous trees and hollies, patches of damp soil, and a stream.

In the village of Snailbeach, opposite the village hall turn east along a lane and go up the hill. Shortly after a sharp right bend at the top of the hill, turn left down a track to a gate. Go through the gate, and there is space to park a few yards further along on the left hand side.



Sunday 21st

Bryologists can often find many species in built-up districts, where pavements and tarmac, mortared walls, roofs and soil offer a variety of habitats. We will put this statement to the test by exploring Presteigne in Radnorshire. Included in its variety of habitats, Presteigne has several public houses, so you won’t need sandwiches if you fancy a pint at lunchtime.

Meet at the car park by the B4355 at the west end of Presteigne (SO 309651).


Sunday 25th

Wigmore Castle and Deerfold Forest
The mortared ruins of Wigmore Castle in north Herefordshire support numerous notable flowering plants and ferns, so it will be interesting to see if their bryoflora matches up. After exploring the castle we will walk up the lane into Deerfold Forest, where long-established deciduous woodland holds a very different suite of species.

Park at the village hall in Wigmore (SO 415690).


Sunday 25th

Kyre Park
This year’s joint meeting with Worcs Moss Group is at Kyre Park south-east of Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire. We will explore the park’s pools, woodland and pastures.

Turn west off the B4214 towards Bockleton and Kyre (brown sign to ‘Kyre Park’). Turn right after 350 metres at the entrance to Kyre Park, and right again just before a large red-brick building past a rather old sign for Kyre Park and Gardens. Go down the drive for 150 metres to the car park (SO 627636) on the left at the bottom, ignoring all turnings.

The Mosses and Liverworts Of Shropshire

You may also be interested in purchasing a copy of "The Mosses and Liverworts Of Shropshire" by Mark Lawley (2013).

It has 133 pages, illustrated, including

It is available at £19.95 including P&P from Mark Lawley at the address above

Wildlife in the Marches

Mark Lawley's new book "Wildlife in the Marches" (2015) contextualises natural history in the wider scope of social history.
The book can be ordered online from Amazon, or by post from Marches Publications, 12A Castleview Terrace, Ludlow, Shropshire SY8 2NG.
Please make your cheque for £34.50 (which includes £6 P&P) payable to ‘Mark Lawley’.

Herefordshire Botanical Society

You may also be interested in the Herefordshire Botanical Society.