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Lichens on BBC Radio 4

Posted: Tuesday, August 7, 2012 - 14:14

On Tue 14 August at 09.00 and repeated at 21.30 - BBC Radio 4's The Life Scientific features Pat Wolseley discussing her work with lichens, including the OPAL project. Contributions also from  Begona Aguirre-Hudson, Peter Crittenden, and girls from La Sainte Union School, Camden.


New version of the lichen "conservation evaluation" published

Posted: Monday, August 6, 2012 - 14:05


The long-awaited revision of "A Conservation Evaluation of British Lichens and Lichenicolous Fungi" by Ray Woods and Brian Coppins is now available. The First Edition, published in 2003, has become an essential reference for anyone concerned with the conservation of lichens in Britain. This new edition incorporates a number of species discovered in Britain since the First Edition, and takes into account improved knowledge of the status of many other species (sometimes necessitating a revision to their threat category). It also updates the naming of taxa where necessary, to bring this in line with current taxonomic thinking, and attempts a more thorough coverage of lichenicolous fungi. Another tour de force from Brian and Ray!

The "Conservation Assessment"  forms part of the JNCC (Joint Nature Conservation Committee) Species Status Assessment series and can be downloaed as a PDF file from the JNCC website.  A small number of printed copies will also be available.


Version 6 of the general recording spreadsheet released.

Posted: Thursday, May 3, 2012 - 10:18

Janet Simkin, BLS Database manager, has released a new version (6.0) of the General Recording spreadsheet. You can download it from the Recording and Mapping Downloads page.



Carrying knives - revised BLS guidance

Posted: Sunday, February 26, 2012 - 14:18

The law in the UK on carrying knives has been tightened in recent years and the police have increased their vigilance in response to recent well-publicized instances of serious crime involving these weapons.The  BLS has issued revised guidance on this issue to provide clarification to members concerned  over the possible illegality of carrying knives to collect samples in the field.