Charophytes

The BSBI's brief covers the vascular plants and charopytes of Britain and Ireland but the charophytes (stoneworts) are often overlooked - they are small and have a reputation for being difficult to identify.

A presentation at the 2016 BSBI Recorders' Conference by Claudia Ferguson-Smyth, one of two BSBI expert referees for charophytes, went some way towards demystifying this group and then BSBI's Irish botanists grasped the nettle, organising two 2-day Charophyte Workshops in May 2018.

Click on the link to download Claudia Ferguson-Smyth's charophyte presentation given at the Scottish Annual Meeting in 2016.

Charophytes in Ireland

Read about the 2018 Irish charophyte courses and see feedback from some of the participants here.

Charophytes making the news - Cilian Roden, one of our charophyte experts, contributes to this piece on Lough Carra - in The Irish Times.

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Resources to help you get started with charophytes