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BLS SPRING MEETING and WORKSHOP 2017 - Malham Tarn Field Studies Centre - Lichens of limestone habitats

18th April 2017 to 25th April 2017

Clapham High Mark pavement  photo Steve Price

Event Description:

Tuesday 18 to Tuesday 25 April 2017

Lichens of limestone habitats


organisers / tutors: Brian Coppins and Allan Pentecost


This meeting will study the superb limestone habitats around Malham and will have extra laboratory / tutorial sessions built in to the timetable.

The field outings will each day focus on a particular lichen habitat / group of lichens and there will be adequate time back at base for microscope work and discussion.

This meeting will also be an opportunity for attendees to bring along and share their own limestone lichen puzzles and problems.


Meeting Base

Field Studies Council, Malham Tarn Field Centre, Settle, N Yorks, BD24 9PU (tel 01729 830331)

see http://www.field-studies-council.org/centres/malhamtarn.aspx

Accommodation and costs

20 bed spaces have been reserved, more spaces may be available if this need is known early.

The cost for the week, including the use of the laboratory work room is £249. This is for full board accommodation (breakfast, packed lunch and evening meal).

The price quoted is based on shared accommodation in a mix of twin, triple or bunk bedded rooms.

A limited number of sole occupancy rooms may be available for the sole occupancy supplement of £30 per person. Some rooms are en-suite but not all. Improvements to the accommodation are underway and should be mostly completed by the time of the meeting.

Non-resident attendees can have an evening meal and daily refreshments (tea/coffee/cake) and this is £70 for the week.


Note: because of the workshop nature of this meeting there will be a strict limit on the number of attendees, whether resident at the Centre or staying elsewhere. Bookings will be taken on a first-come first-served basis.

Attendees should book their rooms with the Field Meetings Secretary, Steve Price,
email: fieldmeetings@britishlichensociety.org.uk or by post to Woodlands, Combs Road, Combs, High Peak SK23 9UP and send him a £35 deposit per person, cheques payable to 'The British Lichen Society' (not 'BLS' please).


Microscope Work

A laboratory / meeting room has been booked for our sole use throughout the week.

Bring your own microscopes if you can. The Centre has some stereo and compound microscopes which we are welcome to use but only a few. The BLS stereo and compound microscope will also be available for communal use. If possible please bring your own consumables (microslides / cover slips / razor blades / chemicals).



The meeting will run from the evening of Tuesday 18th April when we will gather after dinner for an introductory meeting. We vacate the accommodation first thing on the Tuesday 25th.


Further details of the programme will be sent out to attendees nearer the time of the meeting.


Relevant maps

OS Landranger 1:50,000 - No. 98 - Wensleydale & Upper Wharfedale

OS Explorer Leisure 1:25,000 - OL2 - Yorkshire Dales - Southern & Western

(OS Explorer Leisure 1:25,000 - OL30 - Yorkshire Dales - Northern & Central)

British Geological Survey 1:50,000 - Sheet 60 - Settle