The British Lichen Society welcomes all who are interested in lichens, whether you are a complete beginner or someone with a life-time’s experience of lichenology. Throughout the world, but with a special emphasis on the British Isles, our aims are:
We work towards these aims through field meetings, workshops and recording projects. Our Bulletin is packed with information about lichens, lichenologists and events, and we also publish a highly regarded scientific journal, The Lichenologist.
Learn about the fascinating dual nature of lichens and how two completely different types of organisms come together to make something quite new. Find here also information on lichen ecology, habitats and conservation.
Find out if there's a local group near you. Learning about lichens as part of a group is often the best way to progress - and more fun. Beginners are very welcome.
Become a member of BLS and enjoy access to field meetings and workshops, the Bulletin, The Lichenologist (printed or online), referees to help with lichen identification, and many other benefits.
General information on lichen biology, identification and conservation can be found on the About Lichens and Identification menus, and you might want to check out the Activities menu as well. Guidance on submitting records to the BLS database and how to get access to that data is on the Recording menu. Everything else is under Resources , including the taxon dictionary, distribution maps, LGBI3, useful downloads, publications, library and herbarium, and some useful links and contact details.