Brockhill Wood (Brockhoult Mount)

BBS South-east Group & Kent Field Club joint meeting, West Kent, 24th March 2019 Members of the Kent Field Club and British Bryological Society South-east Group, met at the small car park near Goathurst Common for this joint Spring meeting. Brockhill Wood is the far eastern end of the Scords Wood and Brockhoult Mount Site […]

Picture of Portsmouth Museum

Bryophytes in the Guermonprez collection at Portsmouth Museum

Henry Leopold Foster Guermonprez (1858-1924) lived in Bognor from the early 1890s and amassed a huge natural history collection comprising plants, lichens, fungi, moths, birds and much else. He collected a large portion of this himself, mainly in West Sussex, but he also bought and acquired other collections, and received items from various correspondents. The […]

Picture of Saccogyna viticulosa

Eighteenth century bryology in Sussex

What are the earliest reliable bryophyte records in the county? So far we have found an early instance of Riccia fluitans, as described by Dillenius in his revision of John Ray’s great work Synopsis methodica stirpium britannicarum (1724), where he notes that ‘Mr. Manningham and I observed it plentifully in the Ditches about Chichester’. Dillenius […]

Picture of Jungermannia turneri (Cephaloziella rurneri) from Hooker's British Jungermanniae (1816)

Cephaloziella turneri in Sussex

Edward Jenner (1803-1872) was an active botanist in the county in the middle years of the nineteenth century. Born in South Heighton, for most of his working life he was traveller to the printing house of Baxter of Lewes, publishers of the Sussex Express. He married Nancy May (1802–1869) at St John the Baptist, Southover […]

Picture of Sematophyllum substrumulosum

Gleanings from herbaria

Leafing through back issues of Field Bryology I came across Swedish botanist Gillis Een’s article recounting the discovery of Sematophyllum substrumulosum in Sussex.[1] After the 1964 BBS meeting on the Isle of Wight he travelled back to London with Eustace Jones and Ted Wallace, and they stopped off at Kingley Vale where he collected various […]