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BLS WINTER WORKSHOP 2016 - Compton Martin, Bristol - The lesser used stains, tests and techniques in lichen identification

19th February 2016, 19:30 to 21st February 2016, 16:00

Event Description:

Friday 19th to Sunday 21st February 2016

Location: Compton Martin, Bristol BS40 6JN.

Please note for logistical reasons, the Workshop will not be located in Bristol University as in previous years.

Host - David Hill

Tutors - Brian Coppins, David Hill and Mark Powell

This workshop will be based on the less used stains, tests, features and techniques helpful in lichen identification. There are quite a few tests for features in apothecial sections like sedifolia grey, HNO3 reactions, crystal tests for lecanoric/gyrophoric acids. Not all the colour changes in for example apothecial sections that are described in keys and descriptions are correctly observed, especially if one does not know exactly what to look for e.g. how much does the colour actually change. Additionally there are the less obvious spore characters and anatomical characters e.g. tissue types such as in cortex of Physciaceae and exciples of Collema and epinecral layers.

There is a charge of £50 per attendee to cover part of the cost of using the laboratory, the balance of the cost is being subsidised by the BLS.

Outline timetable
Friday 19th 19.30 – introduction and evening tuition;
Saturday 20th morning – field trip to local site;
Saturday 20th afternoon – tuition and laboratory work;
Sunday 23rd to 16.00 – tuition and laboratory work.

Booking on the workshop
Places on the workshop are limited. Expressions of interest and booking should be made through the David Hill email: D.J.Hill@bristol.ac.uk and send the workshop fee of £50 to him at Yew Tree Cottage, Yew Tree Lane, Compton Martin, Bristol BS40 6JS
Cheques to be made payable to 'The British Lichen Society' (not 'BLS' please).

Further information
Friday Evening talk and get together will be in the Church Room, Compton Martin and the Lab sessions in the Village Hall, Compton Martin.
Maps, site plans and further details of the workshop and accommodation will be sent out to attendees prior to the meeting.

If you are interested, want to apply or have any queries, please email d.j.hill@bris.ac.uk .