British Bryological Society


    ON September 12 the British Bryological Society held its first meeting since June 1939. It was announced that, during the War, the Society lost eighteen members, including H. N. Dixon, P. Allorge, W. E. Nicholson, H. H. Knight, C. H. Binstead and H. G. Jameson; new members during the same period total nearly forty. It has not been possible to renew contact with more than a few of the Continental members. It was decided to have a distribution of specimens during the coming winter, and the time of the next meeting was fixed for about Easter 1946, with a second one to be held during the winter following. Suggestions concerning biological observations on bryophytes which might be usefully undertaken by members were put forward and considered. The advisability of publishing new editions of the Census Catalogues of British Mosses and Hepatics was left to the decision of a special committee. On September 13, Dr. S. Wyard led a party of twenty-eight members on a ramble in the neighbourhood of Newlands Corner in Surrey. Although not a rich district bryologically, it yielded a few interesting plants, including the rare Dicranum strictum Schleich., a recent addition to the flora of Britain. In the evening the party gathered at the South London Botanical Institute to hear Dr. P. W. M. Richards give a talk on "The Growing and Cultivation of Bryophytes". Those interested in mosses or liverworts can obtain particulars of the objects of the Society and conditions of membership from the secretary, Mr. A. Thompson, 23 Regent Crescent, Skipton, Yorkshire.

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    British Bryological Society. Nature 156, 626 (1945).

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