Blowing away Cobwebs

Chiddingly Scouring the map for poorly recorded tetrads that had promising habitats that wouldn’t be under water after months of rain was difficult. Footpaths that went through places called Boggy Wood or Marshfoot Lane were ruled out but the area around Chiddingly looked promising with lots of quiet lanes and a village with a lovely […]

Withylands

Ardingly On Friday I had some unexpected spare time to do some bryophyte recording. I should have visited East Dean and a tetrad of huge, dull looking fields but when I noticed the strong wind decided on impulse to head inland to Ardingly where there was sheltered woodland a short walk from the car park. […]

South of Ardingly

Now that TQ32S has more than 40 taxa recorded, I turned my attention to another of the three tetrads with fewer records in TQ32. Visiting TQ32P seemed a good idea because only 14 taxa had been recorded there and yet if looked as if there were varied habitats as well as numerous footpaths. But where […]

Harting Downs

BBS Field meeting, SE and Southern group joint meeting Harting Down is a large area of rolling downland with well grazed chalk grassland and mixed woodland with mature scrub. There are a fair few previous bryophyte records including the rarities, Rhodobryum roseum, Dicranum bonjeanii, Loeskeobryum brevirostre and Thuidium assimile but it is a huge site […]

Picture of Gatwick

More mosses and liverworts at Gatwick

[Originally written for the Biodiversity Gatwick blog] The bryophyte survey of Gatwick started in 2018, focussing on the eastern part of the estate, and this activity has now continued during 2019, exploring the western area, along the river Mole and Brockley Wood. Both parts of the site contain largely similar species, though the character of […]