The bryophytes of Milkwellburn Wood

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During our visit to Milkwellburn Wood earlier this month we came upon the following selection of byrophytes, identified by Gaynor Mitchell and photographed by Bill Mitchell. Bryophytes are the oldest land plants on earth, and have been around for 400 million years or more. Although small, they can be very conspicuous growing as extensive mats in woodland, as cushions on walls, rocks and tree trunks, and as pioneer colonists of disturbed habitats. Click here to learn more about these fascinating, highly adaptive plants.

Click on each image below to enlarge it and to see the species name.

DWT Botany Group

Established in 2015, the DWT Botany Group aims to ignite and encourage an interest in the world of plants. The group is based at Rainton Meadows Nature Reserve and organises talks, botanical walks and field trips throughout the Durham Wildlife Trust area. Please click here for information on our upcoming events.

For more information or to register your interest in getting involved then please email Steve Gater on or telephone 0191 584 3112