Before taking part in the survey it is important that you know what Sphagnum mosses look like, and that you can tell them apart from other mosses. Knowing how to identify individual species of Sphagnum is not essential to the survey, but there is an option to record your sightings in this detail if you wish.
How to identify Sphagnum
Whether you're a beginner, or just want to refresh your memory, come along to one of our free training events, to help improve your survey and ID skills. You can discuss ID and post your questions on our Community Science forum.
Alternatively, click on the images below to find out more about different groups of mosses and use some of the downloadable resources and links below to learn about Sphagnum and how to spot it:
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Downloadable ID resources:
Sphagnum Flickr Pool - upload your photos and add them to the pool
MoorMOSS - free moss identification smartphone/tablet app
The British Bryological society has free to download guides, covering every species of British Sphagnum; taken from the book "Mosses and Liverworts of Britain and Ireland: A Field Guide" by Atherton, Bosanquet and Llawley.
Links to external sites: