The BLS is now considering changing its status to become a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO). This will be discussed at the next AGM, in January 2019, and the proposed new Constitution and Standing Orders can now be downloaded from the Constitution page of this website. Any comments should be sent to the President, Paul Cannon, and we would be grateful if this could be done well before the AGM to give us time to look into them.
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Change of Charitable Status
Dobson - new edition now available
Lichens. An illustrated guide to the British and Irish species
This new seventh edition was published in June 2018. It provides a description and illustration of most of the species likely to be found in Great Britain and Ireland, those excluded being very rare or local, and has been fully revised and updated. Mark Powell has added a valuable new section on lichenicolous fungi, and the book uses the new species names accepted since the publication of Lichens of Great Britain & Ireland (2009).
The book is produced jointly by Richmond Publishing and the British Lichen Society, and there is a special offer price for BLS members if the book is ordered from Richmond Press using this form.
We have recently updated the materials we make available to schools, students and other individuals who want to learn more about lichens or do projects based on lichens.These can be found in the Learning Zone, under Resources on the BLS website.
Information on lichen biology, symbiosis, and how to identify lichens is in the About Lichens section of the website.
Lichens on Twitter
The BLS twitter acount (@BLSlichens) was launched in November 2017 and already has more than 1000 followers. We also have a new Facebook account (@BLSlichensF).
Both are being managed by Amanda and Simon Davey, pictured here, but other BLS members are chipping in with their finds and mysteries as well. Non-members are very welcome to post to. either account.
The BLS held it's 2018 AGM in Carlisle, at the Tullie House museum. It was well attended and followed by some excellent talks.
At the meeting Allan Pentecost stood down as President at the end of his two year term, to be replaced by Paul Cannon. Becky Yahr became the new Vice President, and Eluned Smith took on the role of Secretary.
We were especially pleased to give the Ursula Duncan Award to our Treasurer, John Skinner (pictured here). Like any good Treasurer he works quietly in the background, keeping us all on track, so it was good to have the opportunity to show our appreciation for all his efforts.
Plantlife Cymru Lichen Apprenticeship Scheme
The Plantlife Cymru Lichen Apprenticeship Scheme ‘CENNAD’ is open to all, through application in March 2016; with training events running April 2016- March 2018. The learning focus will be on epiphytic lichens, particularly species associated with Atlantic woodlands and way-side trees. A combination of learning approaches will be offered through a structured learning programme, including workshop and field training days, site survey; specialist mentoring; home study; microscope sessions; a travelling herbarium; email and web-based support via ‘Lichens of Wales’ website; regional group work and partnership support. Training, and support provided, will build on good practice gained from similar apprenticeship schemes run across the UK.
Further information is given in the flyer. Please note the closing date for applications: 11th April 2016.
Some useful additions have recently been made to the Downloads section of this website, including a new set of Corrections to the "Flora" produced by Mark Powell, and the Identification Difficulties list used by iRecord and the NBN Record Cleaner. There are also now Lists of the Taxa recorded for England, Scotland and Wales, and for each vice county.
These, together with the Mapping Cards, Recording Spreadsheets, Recording Guidelines, and Skills and Knowledge for Lichenologists, can all be found on the Downloads page, under the Recording tab on the menu bar.
Lichens of Jersey
The Lichens of Jersey, by Simon and Amanda Davey, was published by the Société Jersiaise in November 2015 and can now be obtained from Tilia Publishing. More than a flora, this book looks at the habitats and history of the study of lichens on this beautiful island, as well as including a fully illustrated section on the individual lichens of Jersey. As the birthplace of one of the great nineteenth-century field lichenologists, the Jerseyman Charles du Bois Larbalestier, the importance of Jersey as an area for the study of lichens is underlined.
BLS Travel grants for attending IAL8 in Helsinki
The BLS has made available £10,000 to help its members attend IAL8. We envisage making 25-30 awards in the region of £300-£460 each. Applicants must be BLS members when the application is submitted.
Applications should be sent to Heidi Döring (on firstname.lastname@example.org ) before 15 March 2016. It is hoped that results will be announced by mid of April.
Please note that applications for the BLS awards will be considered together with those for the IAL awards (which are for students only) and that applicants will not be considered for both.
BLS AGM 2016
The 2016 winter meeting was held in Newcastle upon Tyne on 15-17th January. It started with a reception and dinner on the Friday evening, and the society joined with the Natural History Society of Northumbria for a lichen herbarium evening with a display of specimens and books from their collection. As usual the AGM was on the Saturday morning, at Newcastle University, and this was followed in the afternoon by a programme of talks. On the final day 25 members and friends gathered for a field trip to Wallington Hall in Northumberland and enjoyed a great day out in the snow.
There have been quite a few changes to Council this year. Allan Pentecost has started his two year term as President, with Paul Cannon as Vice President, but Janet Simkin remains on Council as Past President and will continue to be a member of several committees. The role of Secretary has been taken on by Pat Wolseley and Sandy Coppins as a job share, Fay Newbery has taken over as chair of EPC, and Heidi Doring as chair of MSC. We also have three new elected members of Council - Niall Higgins, Tracy Lovering and Tim Wilkins. This new team have much to do!