Mosses in Wanstead
In the introduction to the wildlife of the Wanstead area, a notable omission in information about particular groups of plants or animals includes mosses. It is stated that this is because the expertise has not been available for this group, and this of course needs addressing - if possible.
In fact Roger Snook of Wanstead does have some expertise in these plants, so as an introductory guide to them we arranged a couple of simple "overview" walks - one in Wanstead Park and another on Wanstead Flats.
The results are shown below as a simple list of species that we found to be present, without a close examination. It is certain that many more species would be found, particularly if samples were collected and examination performed. Hopefully, this might come later.
I have also included species found in my garden; even here it is very likely that more will be present.
Atrichum undulatum - Chalet Wood
Brachythecium albicans - the Plain
Brachythecium rutabulam - the Plain
Eurhynchium sp. - Chalet Wood, the Dell
Fissidens bryoides - Chalet Wood - damp banks
Funaria hygrometrica - the Plain