Border Bryologists 2010-2011

Mark Lawley

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), files for which are also on-line at (or click on the book cover of the Field-guide on the left-hand side of the BBS web-site’s home page at and follow the links).

You are very welcome to suggest venues for future outdoor meetings; please include grid references and details for parking.

January 16th 2011

With the kind permission of Apley Estate we shall explore their land near Bridgnorth. The bank of the River Severn and sandstone outcrops should offer a good range of species. Meet in the parking area by the A442 at SO 726952.

February 13th 2011

Jonathan Sleath will lead us to explore the National Trust’s estate at Brockhampton, near Bromyard in Herefordshire. Park in the National Trust car park at SO 683548 (we will be given free entry). SO 65 is the least well recorded hectad in Herefordshire, and we will do our best to correct this.

March 13th 2011

Our final meeting of the winter will be a joint meeting with the Worcestershire Moss Group, to explore the River Rea and wet woodland on the boundary between Shropshire and Worcestershire at Mawley, near Cleobury Mortimer. Turn off the A4117 at SO 689758 down the main drive towards Mawley Hall. Bear left at the green gates, follow the track round to a green barn, and park there. John Downes, the estate manager will meet us there, and give a short introduction to the estate.

For more information contact Mark Lawley, 12A Castleview Terrace, Ludlow, SY8 2NG. Email:


The following outings for the Worcestershire Bryophyte Group 2011 programme have been arranged.

Saturday 5 February 2011 at 10:00

The Knapp and Papermill (Worcestershire Wildlife Trust Reserve) SO 751 521

27 ha of mixed habitat including apple orchard, Leigh Brook, meadows, and woodland.

Park in the lay-by on the right before Bridge’s Stone bridge

Sunday March 13 2011 at 10:30 am.

A joint outing to the Mawley Hall Estate with the Border Bryologists.

Parking arrangements are as follows: From the A4117 (SO 689 758); drive down the main drive to Mawley Hall. At the green gates bear left and follow the track around to a green barn. Park at the green barn. John Downes will meet us there at 10:30 am and give us a quick introduction to the Estate. We plan to survey the River Rea and wet woodland along the Worcestershire/Shropshire county boundary.

For more information contact Dr Ann Hill, 114 Battenhall Road, Worcester WR5 2BT. Telephone: 01905 359554 or 07743 703139e-mail: ann @