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BLS WINTER WORKSHOP 2018 - Cloughton, Scarborough - Bring along your problems: identification and techniques

23rd February 2018, 19:00 to 25th February 2018, 16:00

Event Description:

Friday 23rd – Sunday 25th February 2018

Tutors: Brian Coppins and Mark Powell

This workshop will provide members with an opportunity to air and share their lichen identification problems and their problems in using techniques needed to aid identification.

Look out those problematic specimens which have been haunting you; they may be nameable. Problems with techniques can include issues with microscopes / chemical tests / staining etc. Problems and their solutions will be shared throughout the group.

No problem too small! However financial, political and domestic problems are out of scope!

The bulk of the time will be spent in the adequately sized meeting room. The grounds of Cober Hill and its environs offer plenty of opportunity to take a short walk and to find more question-posing material.

Meeting Base

The meeting will be residential at Cober Hill, Cloughton, Scarborough, North Yorkshire YO13 0AR

tel: 01723 870310 email: enquiries@coberhill.co.uk

See www.coberhill.co.uk to have a look at the accommodation and facilities.

To view a map fo the area see: http://streetmap.co.uk/map.srf?X=501089&Y=494863&A=Y&Z=120

Accommodation and costs

Accommodation for 20 people in single and twin en-suite rooms has been reserved and a deposit paid by the BLS. These bed spaces are being held for us until the mid-August 2017 (6 months before the meeting date). Subject to availability rooms will be able to be booked after this date.

Full board accommodation (incl. dinner, breakfast and packed lunch) for the two nights is £169 per person (inc. VAT at 20%). This price includes the use of the meeting room until late Sunday afternoon. The group package is for the 2 nights and there is no reduction for a shorter stay.

The earliest check-in time for rooms is 15.00. Dinner is at 19.00.


Attendees should book their rooms with the Field Meetings Secretary, Steve Price,
email: fieldmeetings@britishlichensociety.org.uk or by post to Woodlands, Combs Road, Combs, High Peak SK23 9UP and send him a £45 deposit, cheques payable to 'The British Lichen Society' (not 'BLS' please).

If members prefer to pay by bank transfer please request details from the Field Meetings Secretary.

Bookings made (and the deposits of £45 paid) by the end of August 2017 have been confirmed with Cober Hill. Bookings can now be made subject to bedroom accommodation being available. Please contact the Field Meetings Secretary.

Note: The deposit once paid by BLS to Cober Hill will be non-refundable.

Cancellation of places less than 16 weeks before the meeting will incur extra charges, therefore the balance (£124) needs to be paid by the end of October 2017.

Please advise of any special dietary needs and also if you do not need dinner on the evening of arrival. Note there will be no reduction in the cost if you do not take dinner that night.

Microscope work

The meeting room has been reserved for the duration of the meeting for microscope work and presentations. The BLS microscopes will be available for communal use.


Meet for dinner on Friday 23rd at 19.00hrs. We need to vacate the bedroom accommodation after breakfast Sunday 24th and the meeting room by 16.00hrs on the Sunday afternoon. A packed lunch will be provided on the Sunday.


Further details of the programme will be sent out to attendees nearer the time of the meeting.