Bryophytes in Wyre

Winter is a good time to look out for mosses and liverworts in Wyre as they grow well in cool wet conditions, and many fruit during this time which helps identification. Good places to look are brooksides and tree trunks in stream valleys. But they can be found in all habitats as well as in gardens, on walls and fences.

Mosses: Common Tamarisk-moss Thuidium tamariscinum and Bank Haircap Polytrichastrum formosum, Postensplain, 28 March 2016 ©Rosemary Winnall

Moss Marsh Bryum, Bryum pseudotriquetrum, Pound Green Coppice, 28 March 2916 ©Rosemary Winnall

Liverwort Plagiochila asplenioides, Greater Featherwort, 22 Jan 2011 ©Rosemary Winnall

Greater Whipwort, Bazzania trilobata

This bright green leafy liverwort is found in humid oak woodland especially in the west of Britain. It is at the eastern edge of its range in Wyre where it can be seen in damp places in shaded valleys. The tip of each leaf has 3 short teeth as the name implies.

Greater Whipwort, Bazzania trilobata, New Parks, 8 November 2015 ©Rosemary Winnall