BLS Zoom Groups
1. Lichen Chat and Improvement Groups - LCIGs
2 Lichens for Absolute Beginners - LABS (lower down this page) or see (New Page)
3. Post - LABS groups (lower down this page)
4. Intermediate group (lower down this page)
5. Microscope Groups (lower down this page) - Beginner & Intermediate
Also see: 6. "Learn the language", 7. Latest News, and 8. Some History (all lower down this page)
Judith Allinson writes:
1. Regular LCIG groups: - open to all.
Lichen Chat and Improvement Groups (LCIG) are Zoom groups for people of all levels of lichen knowledge (but especially intermediate) to meet. There is a Tuesday evening group (7pm) and a Wednesday morning group (10am). The groups meet fortnightly in Winter and monthly in Summer. New people are welcome, whether you are a beginner or very experienced.
If you are interested in joining in one of these groups, or have questions, or would like to have a private practice session learning how to use Zoom before the meeting, please contact email@example.com
The sessions are run for members of the society but we very much welcome non-members in the hope that you might join someday soon.
As an example a 2 hour meeting might include:
1. Chat, or breakout groups for chat;
2. Three people give short 2-10 minute presentations, each followed by a period of 5 to 10 minutes discussion.
3. Five minute coffee break
4. Opportunity for announcements
5. People show pictures of lichens they would like to ask advice about.
In Autumn 2022 we started experimenting on some evenings by replacing two of the "Three 2-10 minute presentations" by a guest speaker who will give an "introductory talk on their more specialist topic lasting 25 minutes" followed of course by questions and group participation.
The meetings are a serendipity but it amazes me what interesting things we learn because such different people attend, including several BLS members from abroad. The computer screen is an excellent way of showing and examining details of lichens. I hope that every participant will deliver at least one presentation, (even if just a short 2 minute one about a lichen outside their back door or on their apple tree).
Christmas and New Year break
Meetings in 2024:
Tue 30 Jan 2024: Dennis Waters: Introduction to Chromatography
Wed 31 Jan 2024
13, 14 Feb
27, 28 Feb
12, 13 March
26, 27 March
etc. and likely to resume two weekly on 10 Sep or 8 Oct.
We welcome offers and suggestions for speakers for spring 2024
2. LABs groups - Lichens for Absolute Beginners
3. Post-LABS groups
Three of the 2020-2022 LABS groups are still running as Post-LABS groups. (called "LNABS", "ILG", "ABLE") and a fourth has morphed into a local group with field meetings "LISS" - Lichens in South-east Scotland. This is because individuals from within the LABS groups were prepared to take on the organising of their own groups.
4. Intermediate group:
LINT - A more experienced group started up in January 2023 meeting monthly, with the aim of covering 100 species in a year. Contact Graham Pyatt
5. Microscope Groups:
Four sessions of a beginners group were run monthly in the autumn 2022 and again in 2023, and there were some follow-up sessions in the spring.
An intermediate/more experienced group is meeting monthly for peer-to-peer support.
If you would like to be put on a waiting list for either beginners or intermediate groups should we run more, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
6. Learn the Language course
Beginners are also recommended to consider the "Learn the Language" short online course of the BLS. This can be carried out independently
7. Some History of the Groups:
This section is historical. It show how the groups started, gives credit to people who ran some of the previous LABS groups and then lists a rather random selection of some of the topics covered in the LCIG groups to give you a flavour of the meetings. We hold between 16 and 26 PAIRS of meetings a year.
We started in October 2020, eight months into the Covid Lockdown (which had started in March 2020 in UK) and new people have been joining ever since. We held 26 pairs of meeting 2020-2021, 20 pairs of meetings 2021-2022 and 18 pairs of meetings 2022-Sept 2023.
The names of the people who ran the LABS groups 2020- 2023 are being printed here shortly. (Still being compiled)
2020 - Autumn Dec: 1. Mark Stephens & Sue Knight 2. Graham Pyatt, 3. Pete Martin,
2021 - Spring: .4. Bob Vaughan, 5. Geoffrey Cleave, 6. Mark Stevens & Sue Knight
2021 - Autumn: Nov: 7. Mark Stephens & Sue Knight; 8. Geoffrey Cleave
2022 - Spring: 9. Pete Martin; 10: Caz Walker
2022 - Autumn: October: 11. Mark Stephens & Sue Knight; 12. Sue Thomas
2023 - Spring 13. Bob Vaughan 14. Barbara Brown
2023 Autumn: October: 15: Mark Stephens & Sue Knight (Shropshire) 16. Fred Gibson (South West UK) 17. Sue Thomas (Scotland) 18. Barbara Brown
2024 Spring: January: 19: Anthony Speca
Examples of some earlier talks:
Caz Walker: Peltigeras, part 1 and Part 2;
Rebecca Yahr: Intro (and overall view) of Cladonias
Alison Cutts: Intro to Drawing Lichens - and tips
Peter Crittenden: Nitrogen Fixation and Lichens
Heleen Plaisir: Working at Edinburgh Botanic Gardens.
Andy Cross: An introduction to historic maps to help understand lichen habitats.
Members contributions. (incl QGIS, Usnea apothecia)
David Hill: Lichen dyes: history, science and practice
Pete Martin: Four black wine gums on trees: L.e., F.l., A.p., C.n.
Paulina Cifuentes Uribe: Lichens found in retreating glaciers
Graham Pyatt: Three coastal Caloplacas
David Hill: "Sex" in Lichens
John Skinner: Physcia species part 1.
Caz Walker on Peltigeras - of mine spoil (and other more common ones) near Alston
Neil Sanderson: Cladonias with red apothecia.
Raymond Griffiths: Tarn Lichen - Protoparmeliopsis achariana.
Maxine Putman and John Fisher: Lichens in Sweden
Many people have given talks on "Two lichens from outside my house or my back garden"
We value the contributions of beginners.