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Big changes in bryophytes at Alderley Edge, Cheshire

Orthotrichum pulchellum (above) and O. affine (below) on an ash twig at Alderley Edge, both rare at this site in the recent past but now locally frequent 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 [...]

By |2020-04-04T17:45:23+01:00February 1st, 2015|News from bryophyte surveys at sites in Britain|

Globally rare liverwort discovered at Alderley Edge, Cheshire

A small group of extraordinary bryophytes, known as ‘obligate metallophytes’, are entirely confined to substrates that are rich in heavy metals such as copper, conditions that are toxic to normal plant growth. Earlier in Earth’s history, when the land surface was more skeletal, they were probably much more frequent but today are rare. During a [...]

By |2020-04-04T17:45:24+01:00February 1st, 2015|News from bryophyte surveys at sites in Britain|