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Date: Sun, 07/08/2022

Fay Newbery explains lichen biology to participants

Visitors to the RHS Hilltop – The home of Gardening Science – were introduced to the wonderful world of lichen during a talk and walk on the 3rd August.

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Date: Wed, 27/07/2022

Petersfield lichenologists stall at Eco-fair in July 2022

On Sunday 17 July, PALE (Petersfield Area Lichen Enthusiasts) took part in Petersfield’s first ever Eco-fair.

The fair was well supported by a wide range of local organisations across four principal categories – Low Waste Living, Nature, Home Energy and Green Travel.

Despite the temperature reaching in the order of 30 degrees, it was most encouraging that there was a steady and interested flow of visitors throughout the six hours of the Eco-fair.

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Date: Thu, 14/07/2022

Little Hangman, Devon

Along the north coast of Devon between Combe Martin and Countisbury a series of hog’s back hills falls away dramatically to vertical cliffs above the Bristol Channel. Here outcrops of Hangman Grits with north-facing underhangs are home to distinct and interesting communities of lichens which were recorded thoroughly almost 30 years ago.

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Date: Mon, 04/07/2022

Pat Wolseley (right) at the Watchett exhibition

Anyone in the vicinity of the East Quay arts and science centre at Watchet in Somerset, is welcome to see an exhibition about lichens and air quality, on until the end of August 2022.

This new exhibition, addressing the climate emergency, marks the start of East Quay’s long-term commitment to programming that explores a more positive, climate-conscious future. Put together by Kathy Hinde, Amy Howden-Chapman and Liv Torc, it includes films about lichens and a lichen display.  There is a screen connected to an active air quality monitor on the building.

Local lichenologist and BLS rep, Pat Wolseley, will be in conversation with Kathy Hinde on Thursday 21 July 2022 from 7pm to 9pm. Tickets cost £18.  The talk will make people more aware of lichens and the stories they can tell us.

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Date: Fri, 10/06/2022

Frank Dobson at the 2009 Derbyshire meeting of the BLS (Steve Price)

The British Lichen Society is planning a month of activities in August 2022 to commemorate Frank Dobson, author of “Lichens: An Illustrated Guide to the British and Irish Species”, who passed away in December 2021.

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Date: Tue, 07/06/2022

Andy Cross below a Hazel with Pyrenula dermatodes & Pyrenula hibernica

Two BLS members, Neil Sanderson and Andy Cross, carrying out a monitoring survey, funded by Welsh Natural Resources, in one of the most important Welsh temperate rainforests have made some very significant discoveries. The site was the deep and difficult to access ravine of Ceunant Llennyrch, a National Nature Reserve owned by Welsh Natural Resources and the Woodland Trust. This was already known to be an exceptional site, especially for the occurrence of temperate rainforest specialist species of smooth bark on older shrubs.

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Date: Wed, 04/05/2022

Screenshot on mobile of new BLS website

Our website has had an upgrade! Thanks very much to the website committee for all their work on this - and the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (UKCEH) for hosting us.

We have hopefully improved the look and feel of the website, particularly on mobile. Do let us know if there is anything that does not work - tell Chris on webmaster@britishlichensociety.org.uk with a screenshot if necessary.

Most of the website pages should work exactly the same as before. Some have got a slightly different interface, such as the species accounts and maps entry point where you need to search for a species rather than select from a huge dropdown.

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Date: Tue, 19/04/2022

Ursula Duncan’s hammer and rock-breaker’s specs

Read your Spring 2022 newsletter

The newsletter has these sections: Lichens in the media, BLS Archives, Lichen Chat & Improvement Groups, LABS groups, Lichenicolous Fungus Chat & Improvement Group, Online Learning, Local groups, Other local news, Conservation Committee, Website changes, Species and Maps, Lichens of Great Britain and Ireland edition 3 (LGBI3), The Lichenologist & BLS Bulletin, Field meetings, Get Involved

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Date: Wed, 26/01/2022

BLS AGM 2022

Dear BLS Members and Interested Lovers of Lichens,

It is time to share with you arrangements for this year's AGM, during which verbal reports from all the officers will be presented. Details of the meeting are below and attachments regarding finances are included. All members and non members are welcome to join; only members are allowed to vote.

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Date: Tue, 11/01/2022

Due to current circumstances, mainly regarding uncertainty about large groups meeting, we will be unable to organise a hybrid meeting following our AGM as we had planned. Kew’s current guidance is not to host large meetings, and I know that many people are wary of large gatherings. The officers and trustees met last night (10 January), and we decided that the best course of action will be to go ahead with the formal AGM business meeting on Saturday 29 January at 10.30AM as planned, as an online Zoom meeting, but to postpone the programme of talks until the Spring, when there seems a more viable option of people meeting in person again.

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