Local Contacts

If you have just joined the Society, or are considering doing so, you might find it helpful to get in touch with a local BLS member who knows your area and can help you with identification. In some areas there are also active local groups which meet from time to time to record from a particular site or habitat.

Below is a list of members who are willing to be contacted.

Last updated: 6 February 2024.

An Interactive Map to Highlight BLS Local Contacts across Vice Counties


Bedfordshire - VC30 - Martin Butler (martin_j_butler@talk21.com)

Bristol area - VC34 - David Hill (davidlichenhill@gmail.com)

Cambridgeshire - VC29 - Mark Powell (markpowell222@btinternet.com)

Cornwall - VC1 VC2 - Nicola Bacciu (ngbacciu@gmail.com) and Bob Hodgson (rhodgson@tinyworld.co.uk)

Cornwall (Isles of Scilly) - VC1 - Bryan Edwards (b.edwards695@btinternet.com)

Cumbria - VC69, VC70 - Allan Pentecost, The Old House, Storth Road, Storth, Cumbria, LA7 7NS (allan.pentecost@kcl.ac.uk).

Derbyshire - VC57 - Steve Price (lichenrecords@sorby.org.uk)

Devon North - VC4 - Maxine Putnam (maxieput@hotmail.co.uk)

Devon South - VC3 - Barbara Benfield (bbenfield2@bbmax.co.uk)

Devon West - VC3, VC4 - Bob Hodgson (rhodgson@tinyworld.co.uk)

Dorset - VC9 - Vince Giavarini (v.giavarini@sky.com), Bryan Edwards (b.edwards695@btinternet.com) and Neil Sanderson (neilsand@dircon.co.uk)

Durham - VC66 - Doug McCutcheon (doug.mcc@hotmail.co.uk)

Essex - VC18, VC19 - John Skinner (johnskinner082@gmail.com)

Gloucestershire - VC33, VC34 - Juliet Bailey (glos.lichens@gmail.com)

Hampshire - VC11, VC12 - Neil Sanderson (neilsand@dircon.co.uk) and Ken Sandell, 95 Porter Road, Basingstoke, Hants RG22 4JR (contact by post)

Huntingdonshire - VC31 - Mark Powell (markpowell222@btinternet.com)

Isle of Wight - VC10 - Colin Pope (colinrpope@gmail.com)

Kent - VC15, VC16 - Ishpi Blatchley (ishpi.blatchley@gmail.com)

Leicestershire - VC55 - Ivan Pedley (ivan.pedley@gmail.com)

Lincolnshire - VC53, VC54 - Mark Seaward (m.r.d.seaward@bradford.ac.uk)

London - VC16, VC17, VC18, VC19, VC20, VC21 - John Skinner (johnskinner082@gmail.com)

Norfolk - VC27, VC28 - Rob Yaxley (rob@wildfrontier-ecology.co.uk)

Northamptonshire - VC32 - Ivan Pedley (ivan.pedley@gmail.com) and Mark Powell (markpowell222@btinternet.com)

Northumberland - VC67, VC68 - Janet Simkin (janetsimkin@btinternet.com)

Nottinghamshire - VC56 - Peter Crittenden (pdc@nottingham.ac.uk)

Oxford - VC23 - Vanessa Winchester (vanessa.winchester@geog.ox.ac.uk)

Rutland - VC55 - Ivan Pedley (ivan.pedley@gmail.com)

Shropshire - VC40 - Mary Steer (mary.steer1@btopenworld.com)

Somerset - VC5, VC6 - Pat Wolseley (P.Wolseley@btinternet.com)

Staffordshire - VC39 - Mark Stephens (mark.stephenslichens@hotmail.com)

Suffolk - VC25, VC26 - Chris Hitch (cjbh.orchldge@freeuk.com)

Surrey - VC17 - David Hawksworth (d.hawksworth@nhm.ac.uk)

Sussex - VC13, VC14 - Sylvia Davidson (sedavidson@ntlworld.com)

Warwickshire - VC38 - Ivan Pedley (ivan.pedley@gmail.com)

Wiltshire - VC7, VC8 - Neil Sanderson (neilsand@dircon.co.uk)

Worcestershire - VC37 - Eluned Smith (ehsbiol@gmail.com)

Yorkshire - VC61, VC62, VC63, VC64, VC65 - Mark Seaward (m.r.d.seaward@bradford.ac.uk)


All - Steve Chambers (sterilecrust@gmail.com)

Mid Wales - VC42, VC43, VC46, VC47 - Ray Woods (Raygwoods@aol.com)

South Wales - VC35, VC41, VC44, VC45 - Vacant

Carmarthenshire - VC44 - Theresa Greenaway (theresagreenaway@btinternet.com)

Gwynedd - VC48, VC49 - Tony Fletcher (a.fletcherfletcher@btinternet.com)


Angus - VC90 - Richard Brinklow (herbarium@britishlichensociety.org.uk)

Argyll and western Scotland - VC97, VC98, VC100, VC101, VC102, VC103, VC104, VC105, VC110 - Andy Acton (andy.acton.ESM@gmail.com)

Ayrshire - VC75 - John Douglass (jrdouglasslichens@gmail.com)

Berwickshire - VC81 - Brian Coppins (lichensEL@btopenworld.com)

Dumbartonshire - VC99 - Keith Watson (keith.watson@glasgowlife.org.uk)

Dundee - VC90 - Richard Brinklow (herbarium@britishlichensociety.org.uk)

Edinburgh and Lothians - VC82, VC83, VC84 - Brian Coppins (lichensEL@btopenworld.com)

Fife - VC85 - Peder Aspen (paspen@tiscali.co.uk)

Glasgow - VC76, VC77 - Keith Watson (keith.watson@glasgowlife.org.uk)

Kincardineshire - VC91 - Petra Vergunst (petravergunst@hotmail.com)

Lanarkshire - VC77 - John Douglass (jrdouglasslichens@gmail.com) and Keith Watson (keith.watson@glasgowlife.org.uk)

Moray and East Inverness-shire - VC95, VC96 - Heather Paul (paulheather12@yahoo.co.uk)

Renfrewshire - VC76 - John Douglass (jrdouglasslichens@gmail.com) and Keith Watson (keith.watson@glasgowlife.org.uk)

South Aberdeenshire - VC92 - Petra Vergunst (petravergunst@hotmail.com)

Sutherland - VC107, VC108 - Ian Evans (ian.evans.nedd@gmail.com)


Northern Ireland - H33, H36, H37, H38, H39, H40 - Mike Simms (michael.simms@nmni.com)

Republic of Ireland - H1-H32, H34, H35 – Irish Lichen Field Club - Paul Whelan (paul@lichens.ie)


Many lichenological organizations have their own newsletters, bulletins, or scientific journals as well as web sites.

International Association for Lichenology: the international umbrella association for lichenology, the Newsletter of which should be consulted for a full list of lichenological societies - http://lichenology.org