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S.E. England Lichen Group - Parham Park

23rd April 2017, 10:30

Event Description:

Sunday 23rd April 2017

Parham Park. Leader: Simon Davey.

Parham Park is an ancient mediaeval deer park and almost certainly the best example in Sussex, as well as SE England. The oaks and a single ancient ash are hugely rich in lichens, and some very rare species occur. These include Caloplaca ferruginea which occurs on one large oak tree, Caloplaca flovorubescens, occurring on an amazing old ash. It was thought to have been extinct in England until it was found on this tree. This ash also supports Caloplaca ulcerosa and Caloplaca phlogina as well as Bacidia incompta. Wood fencing supports Sphinctrina anglica, a lichenicolous fungus growing on Protoparmelia eleagina in what may be its only known current site. Not only is Parham Park important for rare lichens, it also contains trees that support a rich lichen flora with large numbers of the NIEC ancient woodland lichen species.

The main entrance on the A283 Pulborough-Storrington road (RH20 4HR). The car park is on level, well-drained grass 100–150 metres from the house.

The meetings will start at 10.30am and finish around 3-3.30pm. Participation is open to all and entirely at your own risk. Please remember that churchyards can be dangerous places – unstable gravestones and rather large holes in the ground being two of the potential hazards. Please bring suitable clothing, lunch and a hand lens. All meetings will be suitable for all levels of expertise from absolute beginners through to specialists.


Contact: Dr Tim Rayner – email: T.G.J.Rayner@Brighton.ac.uk.