In 2013 the diminutive but striking moss Pterygoneurum papillosum was discovered new to Britain and strong populations were subsequently found in the unimproved limestone grassland of Somerset’s Polden Hills.
We will look for this rarity at Hatch Hill, where it was found in 2015, and will search limestone grassland and woodland for e.g. Thuidium assimile, Didymodon acutus, Entodon concinnus and Leptodon smithii. If we’re very lucky we might also see Pterygoneurum ovatum, Ephemerum recurvifolium and Pottiopsis caespitosa, noted from similar habitats nearby.
Meet in the Combe Hill Wood car park off Reynald’s Way east of Compton Dundon at ST503329.
Leader: Sharon Pilkington