Irish checklist:

Hill, M.O., Blackstock, T.H., Long, D.G. & Rothero, G.P., 2008. A checklist and census catalogue of British and Irish bryophytes updated 2008. Middlewich, Cheshire: British Bryological Society.

Number of bryophyte species:

797 (inclusive of 13 probable alien species)

Primary sources of distribution data:

A national database has been compiled by the National Parks and Wildlife Service. It has been agreed that a copy of this database will be held by the National Biodiversity Data Centre and made accessible through Biodiversity Maps. Biodiversity Maps currently holds Bryophyte data for Ireland from the British Bryological Society.

National conservation assessment:

  • Article 17 reporting – Hamatocaulis vernicosus, Petalophyllum ralfsii, Leucobryum glaucum, Sphagnum species, and Lycopodium (and related genera) are listed in EU Habitats Directive: NPWS, 2013. The Status of EU Protected Habitats and Species in Ireland. Species Assessments, Volume 3, Version 1.0. Unpublished Report. National Parks and Wildlife Service. Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Dublin. Ireland.
  • Article 17 reporting – Hamatocaulis vernicosus, Petalophyllum ralfsii, Leucobryum glaucum, Sphagnum species, and Lycopodium (and related genera) are listed in EU Habitats Directive: National Parks and Wildlife Service, 2008. The status of EU Protected Habitats and Species in Ireland. NPWS, Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, Dublin.
  • Lockhart, N.D., Hodgetts, N.G. and Holyoak, D.T. (2012) Rare and Threatened Bryophytes of Ireland. National Museums Northern Ireland Publication No. 028. Holywood, Northern Ireland.
  • Lockhart, N., Hodgetts, N. & Holyoak, D. (2012) Ireland Red List No.8: Bryophytes. National Parks and Wildlife Service, Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Dublin, Ireland.

Monitoring or repeat surveys in place:

  • Rare & threatened bryophyte conservation and monitoring (2008-2011).

The moss species under investigation include Bryum uliginosum, Catoscopiumnigritum, Ditrichum cornubicum, Hamatocaulis vernicosus and Paludella squarrosa. The liverwort species include Petalophyllum ralfsii, Cephaloziella nicholsonii, Cephaloziella massalongi, Leiocolea gillmanii and Leiocolea rutheana var. rutheana. This is collaborative project between NPWS Research, BotanyDepartment, Trinity College Dublin, and the National Botanic Gardens.