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S.E. England Lichen Group - St Michael and All Angels Church, Mickleham

8th April 2017, 10:30

Event Description:

Saturday 8th April 2017

St Michael and All Angels Church, Mickleham. Leader: David Hawksworth.

This church largely dates from Norman times, has a 12th century tower, but was extensively modified in Victorian times. It is also famed for wooden grave-boards. In the 1970s it held the record as the UK’s richest churchyard lichen species (mainly through repeated visits by the late Peter W James). There are now records of some 190 taxa (including ones on bark and wood), but only 105 were found in a visit by Keith Palmer and colleagues in 1993. A list of the reported species will be provided. The church authorities are keen to have a modern assessment made.

Park on the B2209 opposite the church (TQ 1705 5338, RH5 6DU) where there is also a pub for lunch, not by the lych gate. If the road is congested there is space at the Juniper Hall FSC centre southwards on the same road.

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.