BLS Spring Meeting 2024: Isle of Arran

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Field Meetings
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Event Description:

BLS Spring Meeting on the Isle of Arran

Local Contact: Margaret Chapman assisted by Alison Adams

Date: Arrival Saturday 13th April, departure Thursday 18th April 2024.

It is almost 40 years since the BLS held a meeting on Arran. There is a need to return and see if things have changed! The island is varied in its geology and landscape giving rise to a wide range of habitats.

Note: the end date given in the Winter 2023 Bulletin is incorrect; the above dates are correct.

Meeting Base

The meeting base is Arran Lodge in Lamlash KA27 8LQ. The BLS has reserved 17 chalets, a fully serviceable kitchen and a large microscope room.  The meeting is self-catering.

Accommodation and costs

Accommodation is 11 single and 6 twin en-suite chalets giving 23 bed-spaces in total; more accommodation might be available if there is a demand for it. The current costings are based on 5 nights. Single chalets £225pp, shared twin chalets £200pp.


Attendees should book their rooms with the field meeting secretary, Graham Boswell, email or by post to Base Lodge 16 The Parks, Minehead TA24 8BS. And pay a deposit of £50 in to the British Lichen Society (not the BLS) Bank Account, CAF Bank sort code 40-52-40 Account No. 00012363 and reference the payment Arran.

Microscope Work

A very large 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.

Ferry Information

Prices for 2024 are not yet available. The price of a single return passenger ticket is £8.40, a return ticket for a vehicle up to 6 metres is £34. The crossing time is 1.30.