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Date: Mon, 22/03/2021

The International Association of Lichenology 9 meeting is all online this summer - from August 1st to 6th 2021 - meaning many people from around the world will be able to attend. Registration fees do apply for all attendees, and the British Lichen Society and the IAL are generously sponsoring a number of awards to help defray these costs for those who wish to apply.  You will need to be a member of either or both of the societies to be awarded a grant.

Date: Wed, 02/12/2020

A new set of distribution maps for Britain and Ireland was produced at the end of November 2020 and these are now on the BLS website. They can be accessed from the Species and Maps page in the Resources section. Please let us know of any errors or omissions - email


Date: Fri, 14/08/2020

LGBI3 Arthoniales coverWork on revising the Lichens of Great Britain and Ireland is going well and the first section of the new work, Revisions of British and Irish Lichens, is now available on the BLS website.

Date: Fri, 03/04/2020

Dear British Lichen Society Members,

In these unprecedented times, I would like to offer you an update on the British Lichen Society’s response to the pandemic, but also offer you some good news and a little call-to-arms.

Date: Tue, 03/12/2019

Our next AGM will be held on Saturday 1st February 2020, as part of the British Lichen Conference at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. The conference will start with a reception and poster exhibition on the Friday evening, followed by a lecture and then dinner for those who have booked in advance. The lecture will be by Prof. Peter Crittenden, who is retiring this year as Editor in Chief of the Lichenologist, on "Toughing it out: lichen ecology and a life in lichen research".

Date: Tue, 11/12/2018

Our next AGM will be held on the morning of Saturday 26th January 2019, at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. As usual we are making a weekend of it, so this will be preceded by a reception and the Swinscow lecture on the Friday evening, and then followed by a series of short talks on the Saturday afternoon and an excursion to Painswick Park on the Sunday. Members and friends are welcome to join us for any or all of this meeting.

Details of the venue and programme can be downloaded below, together with a catalogue for the book sale on the Friday evening.

Date: Sun, 01/07/2018

The BLS is now considering changing its status to become a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO). This will be discussed at the next AGM, in January 2019, and the proposed new Constitution and Standing Orders can now be downloaded from the Constitution page of this website. Any comments should be sent to the President, Paul Cannon, and we would be grateful if this could be done well before the AGM to give us time to look into them.