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A Beginners Guide to Mosses and Liverworts

  • Location: Bishops Wood
  • Tutor: Martin Godfrey
  • Date: Saturday 10 March 2018
  • Times: 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
  • Level: Beginners

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Mosses and Liverworts are traditionally seen as a difficult group of plants to identify as they are small, have no flowers, and can look quite similar. They are abundant, if sometimes obscure, in many habitats and some Genera, such as Sphagnum or Bog Moss, are excellent ecological indicators. This makes it important to identify them to species, especially as many of them are rare or scarce and several species form important community constants in the National Vegetation Classification. This one-day workshop will provide an introduction to this diverse group based on common species. We will examine a variety of fresh material to illustrate the different types and structures and will demonstrate ways of collecting and preserving plants for further study. Please feel free to bring any ‘mystery specimens’ you may have. At the end of the session, you should be familiar with the main features of mosses and liverworts and the structures used to separate out the species. Useful items to bring are a 10x or 20x hand lens. There will be an illustrated handout to common garden species.

Martin Godfrey is the education and training officer for the British Bryological Society and an experienced field botanist and naturalist. He is involved with many organisations involved in conservation and biological recording including the British Bryological Society, the University of Birmingham and Manchester Metropolitan University.

This course is now historical and therefore no bookings can be taken.

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