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Widnes,
Cheshire,
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News from bryophyte surveys at sites in Britain

Cheshire Bryophyte Sites – new website!

A new website has been created which aims to promote awareness and conservation of bryophytes at sites by providing freely available and up-to-date information on important locations for these plants. The area covered comprises the vice-county of Cheshire (v.c. 58). Sites are identified as Nationally Important or Regionally Important according to sets of criteria. New […]

By |June 22nd, 2015|News from bryophyte surveys at sites in Britain|

Craig Leek: the best sites always have more

Craig Leek, one of the many wonderful sites of Cairngorms National Park, is relatively small by Scottish standards but is exceptionally rich for bryophytes. It was first visited by bryologists in only 1964, during a BBS meeting, and was not given any subsequent attention until three recent surveys by a bryological king of the hills, […]

By |May 29th, 2015|News from bryophyte surveys at sites in Britain|

Quick comeback of a rare moss at Greeb Point

The globally threatened Weissia multicapsularis is known from only five sites worldwide, four in Cornwall and one in South Wales. At Greeb Point, on the south coast of Cornwall, it has been monitored and habitat managed since 1998, funded by Natural England. The moss occupies bare soil patches in up to three hedge banks, but […]

By |May 5th, 2015|News from bryophyte surveys at sites in Britain|

The Long Mynd: survey illustrates exceptional importance for bryophytes

The first thorough bryophyte survey and assessment of The Long Mynd SSSI, a 12 km long fault block within the Shropshire hills, has just been completed for Natural England. The results show that the site is of exceptional importance for this group of plants, in particular due to the many hundreds of springs and flushes […]

By |May 4th, 2015|News from bryophyte surveys at sites in Britain|

Extinct moss refound in Wales

An oceanic epiphyte, Ulota coarctata (Club Pincushion) was considered to be extinct in Wales during the compilation of the recent national Red List when the only records were from Nantcol ravine (1911), Tyddyn y Felin (1914) and Ganllwyd (1888). After an absence of over a century, it has just been refound at the latter site […]

By |March 14th, 2015|News from bryophyte surveys at sites in Britain|

Orthodontium gracile vanishing from Cheshire?

The sandstone outcrops of The Weald and Cheshire have been major national strongholds for the endangered Slender Thread-moss (Orthodontium gracile), a rare plant in Europe. But recent searches in Cheshire have raised new concerns over its future. A total of 11 days of surveying in Alderley Edge and The Peckforton Hills found the plant at […]

By |February 21st, 2015|News from bryophyte surveys at sites in Britain|

Rare copper-moss befriends rabbits

Rabbits are frequently important for maintaining the habitat for rare species at sites in Britain, though this usually concerns their grazing activities. At the old Tolgus Tin Works, near Redruth in Cornwall, the rare copper-moss Scopelophila cataractae benefits in a different way. The moss can only grow on bare substrates that are high in heavy […]

By |February 10th, 2015|News from bryophyte surveys at sites in Britain|

Rare oceanic moss lost from Coed Aber Artro, Snowdonia

Coed Aber Artro, with its deep wooded ravine, has long been celebrated for its oceanic bryophytes, with the first notable discoveries made by the outstanding bryologist D.A. Jones in 1901. A few years later, in 1909, he found Hageniella micans (Sparkling Signal-moss), new for Wales. When a large part of the ravine at Coed Aber […]

By |February 1st, 2015|News from bryophyte surveys at sites in Britain|

Rare liverwort refound in North Wales after almost a century

On the northern edge of the Harlech Dome, the spectacular gorge of Ceunant Llennyrch descends into the Vale of Ffestiniog. It is well known as an exceptional site for oceanic bryophytes. A surprising new species was added to the site list during a survey commissioned by Natural Resources Wales, the nationally scarce Mediterranean oceanic liverwort […]

By |February 1st, 2015|News from bryophyte surveys at sites in Britain|

Big changes in bryophytes at Alderley Edge, Cheshire

It is unusual to be able to make sound judgements about trends in many bryophyte populations at a site since there is rarely sufficient information. A recent bryophyte survey of Alderley Edge commissioned by Natural England, combined with detailed data gathered during 1997-2003 under the ‘Alderley Edge Landscape Project’, has allowed some fascinating insights.

Considering the […]

By |February 1st, 2015|News from bryophyte surveys at sites in Britain|