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Plantlife Cymru Lichen Apprenticeship Scheme

Posted: Monday, March 28, 2016 - 17:26

The Plantlife Cymru Lichen Apprenticeship Scheme ‘CENNAD’ is open to all, through application in March 2016; with training events running April 2016- March 2018. The learning focus will be on epiphytic lichens, particularly species associated with Atlantic woodlands and way-side trees. A combination of learning approaches will be offered through a structured learning programme, including workshop and field training days, site survey; specialist mentoring; home study; microscope sessions; a travelling herbarium; email and web-based support via ‘Lichens of Wales’ website; regional group work and partnership support. Training, and support provided, will build on good practice gained from similar apprenticeship schemes run across the UK.

Further information is given in the flyer. Please note the closing date for applications: 11th April 2016.


Posted: Monday, March 28, 2016 - 13:57

Some useful additions have recently been made to the Downloads section of this website, including a new set of Corrections to the "Flora" produced by Mark Powell, and the Identification Difficulties list used by iRecord and the NBN Record Cleaner. There are also now Lists of the Taxa recorded for England, Scotland and Wales, and for each vice county.

These, together with the Mapping Cards, Recording Spreadsheets, Recording Guidelines, and Skills and Knowledge for Lichenologists, can all be found on the Downloads page, under the Recording tab on the menu bar.


Lichens of Jersey

Posted: Monday, March 28, 2016 - 13:30

The Lichens of Jersey, by Simon and Amanda Davey, was published by the Société Jersiaise in November 2015 and can now be obtained from Tilia Publishing. More than a flora, this book looks at the habitats and history of the study of lichens on this beautiful island, as well as including a fully illustrated section on the individual lichens of Jersey. As the birthplace of one of the great nineteenth-century field lichenologists, the Jerseyman Charles du Bois Larbalestier, the importance of Jersey as an area for the study of lichens is underlined.










BLS Travel grants for attending IAL8 in Helsinki

Posted: Thursday, January 28, 2016 - 22:35

The BLS has made available £10,000 to help its members attend IAL8. We envisage making 25-30 awards in the region of £300-£460 each. Applicants must be BLS members when the application is submitted.

Applications should be sent to Heidi Döring (on ) before 15 March 2016. It is hoped that results will be announced by mid of April.

Please note that applications for the BLS awards will be considered together with those for the IAL awards (which are for students only) and that applicants will not be considered for both.


BLS AGM 2016

Posted: Friday, January 22, 2016 - 09:43

BLS at Wallington Hall. (c) William PurvisThe 2016 winter meeting was held in Newcastle upon Tyne on 15-17th January. It started with a reception and dinner on the Friday evening, and the society joined with the Natural History Society of Northumbria for a lichen herbarium evening with a display of specimens and books from their collection. As usual the AGM was on the Saturday morning, at Newcastle University, and this was followed in the afternoon by a programme of talks. On the final day 25 members and friends gathered for a field trip to Wallington Hall in Northumberland and enjoyed a great day out in the snow.

There have been quite a few changes to Council this year. Allan Pentecost has started his two year term as President, with Paul Cannon as Vice President, but Janet Simkin remains on Council as Past President and will continue to be a member of several committees. The role of Secretary has been taken on by Pat Wolseley and Sandy Coppins as a job share, Fay Newbery has taken over as chair of EPC, and Heidi Doring as chair of MSC. We also have three new elected members of Council - Niall Higgins, Tracy Lovering and Tim Wilkins. This new team have much to do!




New membership system

Posted: Wednesday, December 2, 2015 - 16:16

Membership portalOur membership management system now has an online portal through which members can manage their own contact details and renew their subscriptions. Payments can be made by credit or debit card, and direct debits are also available (as well as cheques for those who prefer). The day to day running of this system has been transferred to a service provider, the Royal Society of Biology. They will provide a dedicated phone line (020 3793 7852) and email ( to ensure that queries are answered quickly.




Starry Breck Lichen

Posted: Tuesday, December 1, 2015 - 10:37

Buellia asterella, the Starry Breck Lichen, has been accepted for inclusion in the IUCN Global Red List with a conservation status of Critically Endangered. This is the first British lichen to be included in the list.

It is endemic to the dry grasslands of western Europe, and used to occur in small isolated populations from Italy to England and southern Norway. Now it is thought to be extinct in all but three or four locations globally, all in Germany or Norway. It was last seen in Britain at Lakenheath Warren in 1999. The causes of this decline appear to be loss of grassland habitat to agriculture and urban development, eutrophication, scrub encroachment and trampling.

Further information can be found on the IUCN website.

New Naturalist Lichens

Posted: Saturday, November 21, 2015 - 19:22

Earlier this month the South Yorkshire Biodiversity Research Group held a conference, Oliver Gilbert: A Life in Ecology, in Sheffield. Oliver had many interests including lichens. He was an active member of the BLS and author of the classic New Naturalist book on Lichens, published in March 2000. Thanks to generous sponsorship by New Naturalist this book is now offered for sale at a 10% discount, with £10 from each sale to be donated to SYBRG.

Download the form for further details.





Lichenographiae suecicae Prodromus

Posted: Wednesday, November 4, 2015 - 15:38

Acharius annotatedErik Acharius (1757-1819) was Linnaeus's last student and the founder of modern systematic lichenology. Before his death in 2014, David Galloway found Acharius's personal, interleaved copy his book Lichenographiae suecicae Prodromus (1799) in the Manuscripts Department of the university library in Uppsala. It is a handsome volume, with a particularly luscious hand-painted frontispiece plate drawn and coloured by Acharius himself and with many hand-written changes, additions and lists. Clearly it was the working model for his later book, Methodus, and as such is a volume of considerable historical and taxonomic interest.

This work has now been digitised, a project initiated by David Galloway and completed as a fitting tribute to him as well as to Acharius. It can be viewed online by following this link to the Alvin portal.

The project was funded mainly by Uppsala University Library, the British Lichen Society and the Linnean Society of London.






Distribution maps update

Posted: Friday, November 21, 2014 - 07:28

Thanks to the Herculean efforts of Les Knight distribution maps for ALL the British species of lichens and lichenicolous fungi are now available within the species accounts for each taxon. We will update these maps when there are significant changes, and they will generally be more up to date and accurate than those on the NBN Gateway. To view the species accounts go to this page