Friday, 16 January 2015

VC55 Bryophyte Meetings 2015

For the winter month we have planned three meetings to record and learn about bryophytes. These meetings are open for everyone with an interest in bryophytes. The meetings start at 10.30 and take as long as weather conditions allow, so it is always best to bring a packed lunch. Apart from weatherproof clothes, it is useful to bring a hand lens (x10 or x20) and some paper packets or small containers for collecting specimens. The BBS field guide (Mosses and Liverworts of Britain and Ireland: a Field-guide 2010) is very useful - the Field Key can be downloaded from the internet. Please use the doodle links to indicate if you would like to take part and to organise car sharing, or contact Uta Hamzaoui (email or 07852 682 790). 

31 January, Launde Big Wood

Atrichum undulatum
This 40 ha woodland is a SSSI and managed by Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust. It will be interesting to see how different management and different soil conditions are reflected in the bryphyte flora. We will meet at SK795035 on the road verge to walk to the wood together.

28 February, Whites Wood

Mnium hornum
Whites Wood is part of Swithland Wood SSSI and mainly consists of wet woodland. The wood hasn't been managed for a while and in places it is difficult to walk through. Wellingtons will be necessary. At the end of the meeting we might look at a stand of ash trees to do a Splash survey (National survey of plants and lichens associated with Ash). Meet at SK537129, Swithland Wood North car park.

28 March, Sphagnum Meeting at Charnwood Lodge

Sphagnum palustre
Charnwood Lodge is one of the best places in vc55 for bog mosses (Sphagnum). In the morning we will do a ca 2 hrs walk through the nature reserve to collect Sphagnum specimens from different habitats (Wellington boots will be useful). The plan is then to use the new study facilities and look at the specimens with hand lenses and microscopes and use the Field Key to Sphagnum. Meet at the 'bomb rocks' car park of Charnwood Lodge Nature Reserve at SK462156. Booking is necessary for the indoor part of the meeting as space is limited.
No doodle for this meeting. Please email me to book a place.
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