Photograph of Polytrichum piliferum Bristly Haircap
Photograph of Ceratodon purpurea (Redshank) with spores
Photograph of Polytrichumpiliferm (Common Haircap)
Close-up photograph of the Archegonium (Female plant head) Marchantia polymorpha subsp. /ruderalis (Common Liverwort)
Photograph iof Amphidium mougeotii Mougeot’s Yoke-moss
Photograph of Orthtrichum affine (Wood Bristle-moss)
Welcome to Bryophytes.co.uk
SITE LAST UPDATED: 05/02/2022
Bryophytes 'Moss' or 'Mosses'
You may just be inquisitive, already have an interest in or are thinking of getting more involved with these fascinating plants, then you should find something here to help you.
Bryophytes are a group of ancient plants that have been around on our planet much longer than we have.
The family is made up of three main groups - Mosses, Liverworts and Hornworts.
I will go into a bit more detail in the Beginner's Section.
If you just like to look at interesting images of plants - there is plenty here for you too.
Explore the site and get in touch if there is something you would like included or, as is always possible, I have made a mistake!
There is also a Blog to browse or write in and your own images are always welcome here.
NEWS - 04/02/2022
New drawings by Nils Ambec added to his gallery - now 45 originals.
The site is in the process of being updated- this is fairly slow as am I these days!
Look-Up list updated 13/03/2020
The Main Gallery revision is now complete with 170 entries representing 116 different species.
I haven't attempted to count how many images that includes!
Warren Maguire and Alison Davies have kindly allowed me to use many of their excellent images to boost the variety represented here.
Future new additions to the Gallery will include species obtained at Sudbury in Derbyshire on a recent visit with Tom Blockeel and others from Scotland.
I just need to sit down and work them up, something I am looking forward to after spending so much time on the gallery update.
I also intend to complete 'Identifying Bryophytes Part 2'.
Please contact me if you have any issues using the site or would like to ask any questions.
Whether it is a reference image or a species identification question,
Bryophyte Images are always welcome here.
Contributors are listed below.
All contributor images are copyrighted and all original photographer's rights are reserved.
Contributor during site construction
03/01/2020 Calypogea integristipula wrongly identified. Now verified as Calypogea muelleriana - images updated and now integrated into one gallery.
05/01/2020 - Sphagnum Strictum removed - was actually Sphagnum subnitens.
05/01/2020 - Syntrichia laevipila removed - was actually Tortula muralis which was already present.
05/01/2020 - Lejeunia cavifolia re-identified by Des Callaghan as Marchesinia mackaii - MacKay’s Pouncewort - still a liverwort but a different species. All captions amended to new ID.
Space for new News
the old news has gone to the great bin in the sky!
Featured images Llam Dorji
01/01/2020 - Site Launched
I would like to express my thanks to everybody who has helped me with their time, knowledge and experience in the last three years of my own walk along the bryophyte Trail. They have always been ready to advise me on the best ways to turn along the trail.
Chairman of Lorn Natural History Group, Vc 98 Recorder and stalwart of Argyll Biological Records.
Dedicated Naturalist on the Isle of Mull with an extensive knowledge of Botany, Lichens and Bryophytes.
The Late John Sawyer
Formerly of the National Biodiversity Network and Wild Mull organisation who was dedicated to promoting all species on the Isle of Mull, including Bryophytes. His enthusiasm knew no bounds.
Dr Des Callaghan
Bryophyte Consultant and photographer par excellence. You will see many of his images in the BBS Field Guide.
Dr David Genney
Scottish Natural Heritage and Royal Botanic garden Edinburg.
John is British Bryological Society (BBS) vice-county recorder for south Northumberland (VC67)
BBS Conservation Officer
BBS President (2019), BBS Education Officer and MIDBRYO Group expert
Midbryo Group Bryologist
BBS Recorder (Mosses) and Vc Recorder for Derbyshire
Specialist in the Bryophyte Flora of the Isle of Wight and fungal parasites on Bryophytes.
CEO, Senior Scientist at Northwest Botanical Institute Oregon, USA