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S.E. England Lichen Group - All Saints Church, Herstmonceux

25th March 2017, 10:30

Event Description:

Saturday 25th March 2017

All Saints Church, Herstmonceux. Leader: Keith Palmer.

Herstmonceux Churchyard in East Sussex (TQ 643102) is situated a couple of miles from its village centre right at the edge of the Pevensey Levels. The Levels are largely used for the grazing of sheep and cattle but potentially there may be some impact on the lichens in the churchyard from agricultural chemicals. Unlike Rusper in West Sussex which we visited in November last year where a sharp decline in the number of species from the mid-1990s was noted, Keith has only visited Herstmonceux on one previous occasion, in August 1988 when he recorded a modest total of just over 40 fairly routine species. However Ramalina fastigiata was noted then growing on a tree, at a time before the great explosion of records of this lichen. There is therefore scope for recording a much greater diversity of species, given the improvement in knowledge during the intervening years. The church walls, boundary wall and gravestones should all harbour some noteworthy species while there is likely to be some corticolous interest too.

Park along Church Road. BN27 1RN.

The meetings will start at 10.30am and finish around 3-3.30pm. Participation is open to all and entirely at your own risk. Please remember that churchyards can be dangerous places – unstable gravestones and rather large holes in the ground being two of the potential hazards. Please bring suitable clothing, lunch and a hand lens. All meetings will be suitable for all levels of expertise from absolute beginners through to specialists.


Contact: Dr Tim Rayner – email: T.G.J.Rayner@Brighton.ac.uk.