Mistletoe Matters is a small consultancy run by Jonathan Briggs, a UK-based mistletoe expert. This website outlines some of our work, projects and advice. There are pages on growing and managing mistletoe, mistletoe surveys, talks, walks and workshops available from Mistletoe Matters, information for print and broadcast media, and details of some publications, including books, information sheets and posters.
This is just one of several mistletoe sites run by Jonathan Briggs. Others, including the general information site The Mistletoe Pages, the English Mistletoe Shop (selling mistletoe grow-kits to gardeners) and a seasonal blog - Jonathan's Mistletoe Diary, can all be accessed by visiting the Mistletoe Directory at www.mistletoe.org.uk.
Scroll on down beyond the pictures for background and contact information for Mistletoe Matters, or click one of the picture links below for specific pages. There's a fuller menu (list and picture links) on our More Information page.
With its white berries, distinctive branching pattern, perfectly-paired leaves and parasitic habit mistletoe, Viscum album, is one of our most distinctive and unusual plants. There are many other mistletoe species worldwide but ours is the true mistletoe of legend, with a long history in tradition and culture.
Mistletoe Matters is run by Jonathan Briggs, a national mistletoe expert with over 30 years research experience with this parasitic plant. It is part of a wider consultancy, Jonathan Briggs Associates.
The mistletoe consultancy provides information and advice on all aspects of mistletoe including:
● Guidance and help on mistletoe planting and growing
● Guidance and help on mistletoe harvest or control
● Talks, walks and workshops on many aspects of mistletoe
● Information on Mistletoe Survey Projects
● Mistletoe Books and Information Sheets
● Mistletoe news, media and press information
● Information on mistletoe products at the English Mistletoe Shop
More information on all these topics is available by clicking the links above or accessing our Full Menu here.
Ongoing projects include continued research into mistletoe ecology, particularly the six specialist mistletoe insects (all considered to be rare), guidance on mistletoe management and preparation of a new, bigger, mistletoe book (to expand considerably on the existing A Little Book About Mistletoe).
General terms of business are outlined on the Jonathan Briggs Associates website.
We are based in Stonehouse, Gloucestershire, UK.
07789 684585 and 01453 791135
(Please note we do not sell, or give advice on, mistletoe for medicine)
Jonathan Briggs is on LinkedIn, and Mistletoe Matters is on Facebook.
In the winter months we blog and tweet on mistletoe matters at WordPress and @Viscumalbum
TERMS OF BUSINESS
For outline terms visit our Terms page.
A Little Book About Mistletoe, by Jonathan Briggs, is available from the links below. A fuller list of articles and papers is given below the book images. A longer book is in preparation.
2019 Mystical Mistletoe BBC Countryfile Magazine 158, Dec 2019, 32-38
2019 Viscum album (Mistletoe) - with or without hot-spots BSBI News 142, Sept 2019, 28-30
2012 Mistletoe on the move Biologist 59 (5) 24-27
2012 Kiss Me Quick The Garden (RHS) 137 (12) 61-64
2011 Mistletoe - a review of its distribution, conservation and insect associates, British Wildlife 23:1 (Oct 2011); 23-31
2011 Mistletoe (Viscum album); a brief review of its local status with recent observations on its insect associations and conservation problems, Proc Cotts Nat Field Club, XLV (II), 181 193
2010 A Little Book About Mistletoe, Potamogeton Press
2008 Mistletoe - an ancient specialist of orchards and groves, Orchards and Groves; their history, ecology, culture and archaeology, Conference Proceedings, Sheffield Hallam University
2003 Christmas curiosity or medical marvel? A seasonal review of mistletoe, Biologist 50 (6) 249-254
1999 Kissing Goodbye to Mistletoe? BSBI and Plantlife Report
1996 Mistletoe – distribution, biology and the National Survey, British Wildlife 7(2), 75-82
1995 Healed with a Kiss, BBC Wildlife Magazine 14, 12 74-78