Dundry Slopes: Grassland mosses and liverworts

Leader: David Hawkins.
Following the success of our bryological jaunt around Leigh Woods back in March (and in the absence of a speaker this month), we have opted for a winter field meeting to look at the bryological interest of these North-facing slopes, which are steep in places.

The primary focus will be on the grassland bryoflora, but there will be some woodland species and epiphytes on show as well as we move down the slopes. The relatively scarce (and very minute) saxicolous moss Dwarf Rock-bristle (Seligeria pusilla) grows on limestone outcrops here, among many other more conspicuous species.  This can also be a good site for Waxcaps and other grassland fungi and has commanding views over Bristol.

Please convene in the Downs Road Car Park at ST556668, postcode for Satnav users BS41 8LQ, a hundred yards west of the church of St Michael the Archangel.

There will be no indoor meetings of the Botany Section in November or December this year.  The 4th Wednesday coincides with an important lecture meeting of the Geology Section on 27 November and we will be having a field meeting instead.  Wednesday 25 December is (of course) Christmas Day.  We understand that the Society has lined up a speaker with a botanical theme for a talk in December and expect that many who would otherwise come to
botany meetings should attend that.

Normal service will be resumed on Wednesday 22 January 2020 with a Member’s Evening including AGM, recorders’ reports and short presentations from members by prior arrangement with the Section Secretary.

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