Course: Lichen Habitats of Exmoor

Field Studies Council

Williton, Taunton, Somerset
Friday 25th - Sunday 27th October 2019 01984 640320

Cost: From £170

Sectors: conservation & wildlife, ecology

From rocky coast to ancient woodlands, parklands and churchyards Exmoor supports a great diversity of habitats and environmental conditions for lichens. Nettlecombe Court is in a medieval parkland that is an SSSI for its lichens with ancient oak trees supporting both common and some nationally rare species. An introduction to lichen morphology and identification is followed by field excursions that will allow some collecting on Friday and Saturday for evening sessions where we can investigate the structure of lichens with the aid of an easy-to-use handbook, keys and microscopes. Beginners are welcome.

Pat Wolseley is a lichenologist and past president of the British Lichen Society who lives at Nettlecombe but continues to work at the Natural History Museum as a part time Scientific Associate. She has worked on lichens as indicators of environmental conditions at home and in the tropics and was instrumental in the development of the national OPAL air quality project which used lichens as indicators of air quality across the UK. More recently she has put together a checklist of lichens of Somerset, together with Brian and Sandy Coppins, which is in press and which we will use on the course to check distribution of lichen communities in Somerset.

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