Literature & Resources for Mosses and Liverworts

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Literature & Resources for Mosses and Liverworts

Post by Lancashire Lad » Wed May 20, 2015 3:54 pm

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Mosses and Liverworts of Britain & Ireland - A Field Guide – by Ian Atherton, Sam Bosanquet, and Mark Lawley. First published in 2010 by the British Bryological Society. 850 pages, softback. Will fit into a very large pocket, but better suited to a bag or rucksack.
Contains descriptions, colour photographs, line drawings, keys, distribution maps, etc. Generally with a page to each species, and probably the best single book available on the subject.
A flavour of the book’s content can be found here:-
http://www.bbsfieldguide.org.uk/sites/d ... 20Text.pdf
EDIT - Update, (09 July 2015), see post 5 below. ;)

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Re: Literature & Resources for Mosses and Liverworts

Post by Gracie » Wed May 20, 2015 6:14 pm

Agree with Mike here, at his recommendation I purchased this book and it's a cracker!

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Re: Literature & Resources for Mosses and Liverworts

Post by JennyS » Wed May 20, 2015 6:38 pm

Couple of useful websites

Ferns in Britain and Ireland - ferns, horsetails, clubmosses and quillworts: http://www.ferns.rogergolding.co.uk/index.html
Andrew's Moss site: http://www.andrewspink.nl/mosses/index.htm
British Bryological Society: http://www.britishbryologicalsociety.org.uk/
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Re: Literature & Resources for Mosses and Liverworts

Post by jimmymac2 » Fri May 29, 2015 5:50 am

Gracie wrote:Agree with Mike here, at his recommendation I purchased this book and it's a cracker!
This book is very informative, but in the field a side effect is the heaviness! I'm not sure how it can possibly fit into a pocket and even though when on holidays I take it with me I prefer to take lots of photographs and look at them when I get home.
Always keep your eyes open... :shock:

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Re: Literature & Resources for Mosses and Liverworts

Post by Lancashire Lad » Thu Jul 09, 2015 10:17 am

I've just discovered that almost all of the content of the Mosses and Liverworts of Britain & Ireland book has been made available online, at the British Bryological Society website.
Since each species has its own downloadable PDF, this online version isn't ideally suited for a "browsing" type of search, but is perfect when the species name is already known, and you want quick access to all its relevant detail and characteristics.
Note that in addition to the species accounts, some of the field keys, line illustrations galleries, and habitat details are also made available here as PDF's.

Considering this is an up-to-date, peer reviewed and widely acclaimed book on its subject, the British Bryological Society and the book's authors are to be commended. If some of the more specialist modern day fungi books were made available to everyone like this, amateur mycology would be in a better place!

There is no direct hyperlink to the specific webpage in question, but the main index page to the entire content can be found by going to the British Bryological Society website homepage, (link below), clicking on the Resources tab, and then clicking on the BBS field Guide online button on the drop down menu.
http://www.britishbryologicalsociety.org.uk/

EDIT
I've added a few links to individual PDF species pages below, so that the book's level of species information can be seen: -

http://www.bbsfieldguide.org.uk/sites/d ... morpha.pdf
http://www.bbsfieldguide.org.uk/sites/d ... brosus.pdf
http://www.bbsfieldguide.org.uk/sites/d ... erinum.pdf

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