Isle of Wight 5km distribution maps
Last updated by John Norton, January 2023
These maps show the distribution of the bryophyte taxa recorded in the Isle of Wight (VC10), plotted at 5km square (quadrant) resolution. The maps are derived from records in the BBS/BRC database (bryophyte data for Great Britain and Ireland from the British Bryological Society held by BRC) and those recently submitted to the recorders (up to 2019). Names follow the 2021 checklist and some more recent taxonomic changes. Taxa have mostly been grouped at the species level, but some well defined subspecies and varieties have been mapped separately and the older, species-level records excluded, so that gaps in recording of the subspecies can be seen. Please contact John Norton if you notice any errors or need help with submitting records. See this page for a table of name changes affecting Hampshire and Isle of Wight taxa.
The coloured shading on the maps shows the date class in which the taxon was most recently recorded in each quadrant (hectad resolution records won't be shown, so at least one map appears completly blank). The mapped area all falls within Ordnance Survey 100km grid square SZ. The first three date classes follow those used in the most recent published atlas, except that the first class (grey shade) indicates records made before 1970 rather than before 1950 (1970 is now the cut-off date for vice-county records becoming bracketed in the census catalogue). Records added after the publication of the atlas, i.e. from 2014 onwards, are indicated by the yellow shade.
I would like to thank all the people who have sent in records and Oli Pescott for his assistance in supplying the datasets on behalf of the Biological Records Centre and the British Bryological Society. The BBS atlas 2014 and post-atlas datasets are on the NBN Atlas but newer records may not have been uploaded. The maps were generated from QGIS using the Tom.bio plugin developed for the Field Studies Council.