How to get in touch

We welcome enquiries about lichens, and you don't have to be a member of the society to get in touch with us.

General enquiries

Unless you know who you need to contact please use our general enquiries email Your message will then be passed on to the best person within the BLS who can help you.

However, if you just want to know more about lichens you should be able to find the information you need on the About Lichens pages on the BLS website, or in a book such as the New Naturalist on Lichens by Oliver Gilbert, or Lichens, an illustrated Guide to the British and Irish Species by Frank Dobson.   


If you need help with identifying lichens you might want to try our social media accounts first, @BLSlichensF on Facebook or @BLSlichens  on Twitter, or perhaps join one of our online zoom meetings for beginners. There are also local contacts for most of Britain who are very familiar with the lichens of their area, so you are welcome to get in touch with them. If none of those options are good for you then do get in touch with us on and we will help if we can, but please note that we can't always identify lichens just from photographs as there may be important features that are not shown.

Membership matters

For anything to do with joining the society, renewing your membership, or subscriptions to the Lichenologist please contact our Membership Team on or tel. 020 3925 3674. Their postal address is British Lichen Society, 1 Naoroji Street, London, WC1X 0GB,

Financial matters

These are handled by our Treasurer, John Skinner, who can be contacted on

Records and data

To submit records to the BLS database, or if you need maps or an extract of records from the database, please contact Janet Simkin on


To borrow specimens from the BLS herbarium, or to add to our collection, please contact Richard Brinklow on



The society is a Charitable Incorporated Organization (number 1194213) at the following address: The British Lichen Society, c/o Royal Society of Biology, 1 Naoroji Street, London WC1X 0GB, UK.