Sunday, 13 January 2013

Mosses Workshops - Giggleswick and Ingleton Churchyards 2 and 23 Feb 2013

Under a handlens mosses have beautiful shapes and colours. Learn to identify some common mosses.

Two workshops for beginners on Moss Identification 

at two churchyards in Craven
Led by Judith Allinson (of Craven Conservation Group)

Giggleswick on 2 February

Ingleton on 23 February. 

Start at 10am both days
See pictures of similar workshop run two years ago at Giggleswick

The walks accompanying the workshops will be accessible to people in wheelchairs.

These will be  workshops rather than just a walk and  will include:

  1. Introductory session in the church.
  2. Explanation of differences between mosses and liverworts.
  3. Preparation of a demonstration sheet to take home of  10 common mosses and 1 liverwort using Specimens brought in  by tutor.
  4. English and Latin names will be used.
  5. Examination of these specimens (using handlenses brought in by tutor).
  6. Walk in the churchyard to find and look at examples of these specimens, growing in different habitats.
  7. Access to a booklet including a map showing where different mosses can be found in the churchyard.

Learning about mosses becomes much easier when you discover which mosses grow in which habitats. - Habitats in the churchyard include:-
Tree bark; Mortar and limestone rocks; acid rocks (as in some gravestones and sandstone capstones of walls), soil, footpaths, lawn.

Booking is necessary 

- Contact Judith on 01729 822138 or

A donation towards expenses is welcome (contact Judith about this)

These workshops are aimed at:-
Members of Craven Conservation Group
Members of Giggleswick and Ingleton Parish
Members of YNU
Anyone interested in learning about mosses commonly found in churchyards
Anyone wanting to start learning about mosses.

If you are a more experienced bryologist you will be welcome to help show the beginners the mosses, and to help carry out a more extensive survey of the churchyards - Previous surveys of the churchyards have shown that each churchyard has at least 30 species of moss and liverwort.