Beginning with Bryophytes

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Join naturalist, Ryan Clark, to explore the hidden world of mosses and liverworts in the North East.

Course tutor: Ryan Clark

Course length: 2 weekly sessions, Monday evenings 7.00-8.30pm

Course structure: This is an online course held via Zoom. Please ensure you have the right system requirements for accessing Zoom before booking, as we have a no-refunds policy.

Course cost: £8 / £6 concession*

*Concessions (60 years and over/disabled/unemployed). Click on 'Enter promo code' and enter 'NHSN1', then click 'Apply' before proceeding to checkout.

This two-part course will look at how to get started with identifying mosses and liverworts, known collectively as bryophytes. These fascinating plants are often overlooked but have beautiful intricate structures as well as being important species in the environment. These species flourish in the cooler months so now is the time to start looking at them. This course will focus on a small number of common species found on walls and in woodland and their distinctive features. No prior knowledge is necessary.

Ryan is passionate about recording wildlife, especially Britain’s less well-known species. He has a particular interest and passion for bryophytes, bees, beetles and flowering plants. Ryan started recording bryophytes as a way to focus his winter walks but fell in love with their intricacy, beauty and importance.


Course attendees will receive a Zoom link ahead of the first session. If you are new to Zoom, you can find more information about using it at their website here.

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