Velvet Bottom lies in the heart of the former Mendip lead mining area and forms part of the large Cheddar Gorge Complex SSSI. It has areas of lead mine waste, drystone walls, natural limestone outcrops and heath and has not been fully explored for its bryophyte interest. Similar habitat at nearby Blackmoor has Ptychomitrium polyphyllum, Bryum donianum and Bryoerythrophyllum ferruginascens. This meeting was planned for 2020 and 2021 but had to be cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak. We hope we are third time lucky in 2022.
Park near Charterhouse in the large layby along the minor road at ST 50345550.
Leader: Sharon Pilkington