Woodland moss

Matthew Roberts

Woodland Mosses for Beginners

Location: Tyland Barn, Sandling, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 3BD and then Knock Wood near Tenterden
Learn more about the complex lives and identification of mosses

Event details

Meeting point

Training Room at Tyland Barn


10:00am - 4:00pm
A static map of Woodland Mosses for Beginners

About the event

This is an introduction to the basic structure of mosses and to their unusual life cycle. We will look at key identification features, focusing on those that can be used in the field using a x 10 (or x 20) hand lens, for identifying the top 20 most common woodland mosses.

We shall spend the morning in the classroom when the main focus will be on how to identify  mosses, using characteristics that are observable with a hand lens. In the afternoon we shall practice ID skills in the field at Knock Wood on the outskirts of Tenterden (travelling in own cars, sharing where possible).

Beginners should acquire a basic knowledge of mosses and how to identify a range of the more common species found in Kent’s woodlands. They should also gain the inspiration to pursue the subject further.

Suitable for beginners and improvers.

Led by Ros Bennett, Botanist and Ecologist

Photo: Matthew Robert


Phone number

01622 662012


Standard fee: £35 per person per day.
Concessionary fee: Kent Wildlife Trust volunteers, senior citizens, unemployed and students £5 off.

Additional booking information

This is a two location study day. The morning will be spent at Tyland Barn and the afternoon at Knock Wood which is on the outskirts of Tenterden. Participants will need to travel in their own transport - hopefully sharing where possible.

Suitable for

Adults, Beginners

Know before you go


Guide dogs only


Participants must be prepared to walk around. 1.5 miles over rough terrain but at a gentle pace.  If the weather has been wet (ideal for mosses!) the ground will be slippery and squelchy. 

Wheelchair access

Not wheelchair accessible

What to bring

Notebook and pencil. A x10 (or if preferred a x20) magnification hand lens (x10 will be available on loan or for purchase at the Barn at £8.75).  Suitable outdoor clothing and a picnic lunch (or sandwiches may be be purchased at Tyland Barn).  We shall not be near shops or a pub at lunchtime, and there will be no access to public conveniences during the afternoon.


Picnic area
Accessible toilet
Baby changing facilities

Contact us

Jill Evington
Contact number: 01622 662012