Our next bryophyte meeting will be on Saturday, 25th March at Stonesby Quarry. This is part of a worked-out quarry on soft Jurassic limestone, and contains some of the best remaining limestone grassland in Leicestershire. It is part of a SSSI and a nature reserve managed by the Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust. During the last bryophyte survey in 1993, notable species such as Seligeria calcarea and Weissia longifolia were found. Since then, a lot of conservation management has been carried out, including scrub removal and exposing of limestone bedrock, so it will be interesting to find out how this has influenced the bryophyte flora.
We are meeting at SK81112530 (see marker on map below) at 10.30 a.m. and the meeting will last until about 3 p.m., so please bring lunch. I will leave at 9.20 a.m. from Knighton and am happy to give lifts.
I hope to see you on Saturday,
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