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British Red Data Books: mosses and liverworts 2004


The rich bryophyte flora of Britain, due to a combination of climate, geology and quaternary vegetational history, is widely recognised as a biological attribute of major international importance. This means that many species of very restricted international distribution are relatively abundant in Britain. From the spectacularly mossy 'temperate rainforest' ravines of the west and north to the tiny ephemeral species found in arable fields in the south-east, bryophytes are everywhere.

This volume gives full species accounts for 176 species of bryophyte flora with a further 76 listed as 'near threatened'. Many of the rarest and most beautiful are under threat, and it is these species that the new Red Data Book documents, with details on their distribution, ecology, threats and conservation requirements. The threats to bryophytes are many, and include overgrazing, undergrazing, the widespread use of herbicides and fertilisers, climate change and the spread of urbanisation.

This Red Data Book is the third of a series covering lower plants of Britain and Ireland. The first book dealt with stoneworts and the second covered lichens.

This resource has been produced from a scan of an original document. You may therefore experience fluctuations in quality and large file sizes. Due to the file size of the volume, it is divided into the following parts/chapters:

  • Part 1: Prelims, Chapters 1 to 5 & part of Chapter 6 (Species Accounts: Liverworts)
  • Part 2: Chapter 6 (Specie Accounts: Mosses)
  • Part 3: Appendices & References

Please note that this Red Data Book was first published in 2001 (and reprinted in 2004), therefore more recent information may be available. To find more up-to-date information on the conservation status of species, please visit our conservation designations webpage.

Resource type Publication

Topic category Environment

Reference date 2004··

Church, J.M., Hodgetts, N.G., Preston, C.D. & Stewart, N.F. 2004. British Red Data Books: mosses and liverworts (Reprinted 2004), JNCC, Peterborough, ISBN 1 86107 522 7.

This volume forms part of a series Red Data Books published by JNCC and its predecessor the NCC (Nature Conservancy Council). Red Data Books, or Red Lists, are an established method of determining priorities in the conservation of individual animal and plant species. This volume was first published in 2001 and reprinted in 2004.

Responsible organisation
Communications, JNCC author

Limitations on public access No limitations

Use constraints Available under the Open Government Licence 3.0

Metadata date 2023·04·01

Metadata point of contact
Communications, JNCC

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