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The British Bryological Society's Southern Group meets about once a month during October to April to record bryophytes in Hampshire and occasionally parts of neighbouring counties, including the Isle of Wight, Dorset and West Sussex (often combining forces with our neighbouring groups). Because some meetings are arranged at short notice and may be cancelled due to bad weather we operate an e-mail contact list for the group, so please get in touch if you would like to be put on this list to receive advance notification of meetings. Beginners are welcome!
All meetings start at 10.30 a.m. unless otherwise stated and most take place on Sundays. Wellington boots (as well as rainproofs, food, drink, etc.) are advisable for most meetings but stout walking boots may be preferable for those on dry or hilly ground.
If you are coming to a meeting for the first time, please take a moment to read the BBS health and safety information.
Sunday 27th October 2019: Crockford Bottom marl pits, New Forest, Hampshire. Leaders: John Norton and Sharon Pilkington (joint meeting with Wessex Bryology Group). This area in the southern New Forest includes streams, flushes, marl pits and bogs on the bryophyte-rich Headon Beds. The site includes records for a wide range of Sphagna, including S. contortum and S. subsecundum, ‘brown mosses’ of calcareous mires, including the Nationally Scarce Campyliadelphus elodes, and some exacting liverworts.
Meet at the southern of the two car parks near Crockford Bridge at SZ 349 988 off the B3054, Lymington road, south of Furzey Lodge and Beaulieu. Conditions can be very wet, so wellington boots are advised.
Sunday 24th November 2019: Hogmoor Inclosure, Bordon, Hampshire. Leader: John Norton. An ex-army vehicle testing ground, recently opened to the public. It consists of coniferous plantation and mixed woodland with small patches of dry heathland and a network of soft sandy tracks with patches of acid grassland. There is also some willow carr, a large pond and some small shallow pools along the tracks. This site has much potential for bryophytes due to history of disturbance. During a visit by the Hampshire Flora Group in May 2019 Pohlia bulbifera was discovered here, new to Hampshire, and there is high potential for other interesting ephemeral species to occur at this time of year (especially following the rainy spell in September 2019). We also need to check on a record Dicranum spurium recorded incidentally in the south of the site during a fairly recent vegetation survey.
The site is accessed off Hogmoor Road at SU 7858 3571. Drive around the fenced compound and continue southwards along the concrete road to the end of the main car park at SU 7861 3534. Parking is free. The site is mostly dry and on flat ground, so walking boots should be sufficient, though Wellingtons may be useful for accessing the wet areas or if there has been heavy rain.
Saturday 7th December 2019: Harting Downs, West Sussex. Leaders: Sue Rubinstein and John Norton (joint meeting with the South East Group). A National Trust site with north-facing chalk downland and calcareous woodland. The last extensive survey was in 1988 so it is due another look. There is potential for a wide range of woodland and downland bryophytes to be present.
Meet at the National Trust car park, SU 8522 2199. There may be a charge for non-members. Come prepared for walking on steep terrain. Further information on the SE Group website.