The bryophyte year 2018

Source: Adastra 2018, published by the Sussex Biodiversity Record Centre, February 2019   The beginning of 2018 continued as we had finished 2017. Brad Scott, my co-recorder, Jacqui Hutson and I filled in the unrecorded gaps in our home hectads. Brad scoured the lanes and woods around Hartfield and Withyham, Jacqui from Plumpton towards the […]

Picture of Syntrichia papillosa

The bryophyte year 2017

Source: Adastra 2017, published by the Sussex Biodiversity Record Centre, February 2018   The last year or so has seen many changes in the world of Sussex bryology. Just over a year ago Tom Ottley left Sussex for the mossier climes of West Wales, leaving a legacy of prolific, energetic and expert recording. Skilled botanist […]

Picture of Funaria hygrometrica

The bryophyte year 2016

Source: Adastra 2016, published by the Sussex Biodiversity Record Centre, February 2017   The bryophytes are an artificial assemblage of three distantly related groups: mosses, liverworts and hornworts. Most are small, rarely exceeding 10 cm in length; even the largest British species are rarely twice this size. The very smallest, and a challenge to find […]

Picture of Ricciocarpus natans

The bryophyte year 2015

Source: Adastra 2015, published by the Sussex Biodiversity Record Centre, February 2016   It’s been a very busy year with many noteworthy finds and thus hard to decide which to mention here. It’s always satisfying to refind species that were known to earlier bryologists but which haven’t been seen for a long time. One such […]

Picture of Sphaerocarpos texanus

The bryophyte year 2014

Source: Adastra 2014, published by the Sussex Biodiversity Record Centre, February 2015   2014 was another very good year for bryophyte recording in Sussex with several new species for the county, the re-finding of numerous ‘old’ records, and even a new species for Britain (and that’s in addition to the two we had last year). […]

Picture of Trichocolea tomentella

The bryophyte year 2013

Source: Adastra 2013, published by the Sussex Biodiversity Record Centre, February 2014   A ‘problem’ I have had since starting looking at mosses and liverworts is that I keep finding good things in my local patch. I initially came to the conclusion this must be because that was where I was spending most time, but […]

Picture of Neckera pumila

The bryophyte year 2012

Source: Adastra 2012, published by the Sussex Biodiversity Record Centre, February 2013   I must start by thanking Howard Matcham for his tremendous achievements as bryophyte recorder for the last quarter of a century!. Apart from adding numerous species to the county flora he was also a key member of the team that produced the […]