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S.E. England Lichen Group - St Mary's Church, Lamberhurst
29th April 2017, 10:30
Saturday 29th April 2017
St Mary's Church, Lamberhurst. Leader Ishpi Blatchley. (Joint meeting with the Kent Field Club).
This large Grade 1 listed church is made of sandstone and sits on a ridge of the same stone east of the village. The village lies in the valley of the River Teise, a tributary of the R Medway, and as it is liable to flood, the position of the church offers it protection from flooding.
The churchyard is large with a great number of memorials although there is little limestone. It has a good lichen list, some of which are uncommon in Kent. However, I don’t think there has been a survey there since the mid 1990s when about 90 species were recorded. Can we get to the 100 mark or will the intervening years have reduced the biodiversity?
Park along the road leading to the church. TQ 682367, TN3 8DU.
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.