Posted by Graeme Lyons , Tuesday, 19 February 2013 21:07
More mosses I'm afraid. Another day out on reserves with Tom Ottley. This time at Ditchling Beacon and again we get a thumbs up for our management in terms of bryophytes. I added six new mosses to my list and a lichen. This first one wasn't a new one for me but is a chalk-grassland specialist. Fissidens dubius.
We have lots of the attractive moss Hylocomium splendens.
And Scapania aspera is all over the place in small patches. This liverwort is a key species for the site and the only species that makes up the 'southern hepatic mat' that occurs at Ditchling Beacon.
I was finally able to put a name to this golden pleurocarp, it's Campylium protensum.
Tom showed me this moss in the quarry, which was new to me. Fissidens incurvus.
Finally, here is my new lichen. Growing in amongst the liverwort Cololejeunea minutissima. The lichen is Normandina pulchella. That puts me on 4178 species.