Some bryologists bryologising

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. unless otherwise stated. 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, Ludlow, SY8 2NG
Tel: 01584 876564



Stretton Sugwas
We will explore disused sand and gravel pits at Stretton Sugwas, west of Hereford, where sparsely vegetated soil offers suitable habitat for a variety of acrocarps. Park behind the village hall at SO 459420.


Muxton Marsh, Telford
Park at the end of Woodbine Drive (SJ 7146 1352), which is accessed from Marshbrook Way, off the A4640 in the north-east corner of Telford. There is room for a few cars to park along a straight bit of road, without obstructing driveways or the turning area at the end of the road. Wellington boots would be highly recommended for areas which are very wet underfoot. The ground was formerly mined for coal, and we will examine spoil-heaps and banks, wet alder and willow carr, drier woodland with open areas, and streams and ponds.



Lake Vyrnwy
Meet at the Visitor Centre (SJ 016191) at the southern end of Lake Vyrnwy. A variety of species should present themselves on an easy ramble across the river to Llanwddyn, past the church to the obelisk and hotel, and thence along the road back to the dam.


Llandrindod Wells
Like most towns, Llandrindod Wells in Radnorshire has an assortment of habitats supporting a rich variety of bryophytes, including the lake, tarmac, mature trees and the river. Meet at the north end of the lake (SO 062606).


Malvern Wells, Malvern
A joint meeting with the Worcestershire Moss Group. Meet at St. Wulstan’s Nature Reserve, 8 St. Wulstan’s Drive (off Assarts Lane), Malvern Wells, Malvern WR14 4JA. Grid Reference: SO 783413. This nature reserve has a variety of habitats but is unrecorded for bryophytes.

The Mosses and Liverworts Of Shropshire

You may wish to purchase 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 book "Wildlife in the Marches" (2015) contextualises natural history in the wider scope of social history.

The book can be ordered 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.