Online Zoom


Lichen Chat and Improvement Groups - LCIGS

(See also Lichens for Absolute Beginners - LABS - Lower down  )


Judith Allinson writes:

On October 12th and 13th 2021 we relaunched our
Lichen Chat and Improvement Groups

These were initially started in October 2020. We meet by Zoom fortnightly. There is a Tuesday evening group (7pm) and a Wednesday morning group (10am).

If you are interested in joining in one of these groups, or have questions, or need to have a practice session using Zoom before the meeting,  please contact as soon as possible.

We welcome new participants - whether you are experienced or just a post-beginner. They are run for members of the Society but we very much welcome non members in the hope that you might join someday soon. 

As an example a 2 hour meeting might include:

1. Chat, or breakout groups for chat;
2. Three people give short 2-10 minute presentations each followed by a period of 5 minutes discussion.
3. Five minute coffee break
4. Opportunity for announcements
5. People show pictures of lichens they would like to ask advice about.
6. Discussion

The meetings are a serendipity but it amazes me what interesting things we learn because such different people attend, including several BLS members from abroad. The computer screen is an excellent way of showing and examining details of lichens. I hope that every participant will deliver at least one presentation, (even if just a short 2 minute one about a lichen outside their back door or on their apple tree) over the autumn term.  There are two separate groups: the Tuesday Evening Group and the Wednesday Morning Group.

Dates 2021:  Tuesdays 7pm; Wednesdays 10am
12,13 Oct  
26, 27 Oct
9,10 Nov
23, 24 Nov
7,8 Dec.


LABs groups - Lichens for Absolute Beginners

Two new LABS groups started in  October 2021

Some people at the LCIG groups were very much beginners. So we are starting some extra "tutorial" groups with just 4-8 people in them, at different times during the week - shorter sessions - aimed at beginners, to explain and practise using the language in describing lichens. 

These will run for between 6 and 12 sessions according to the interests of the group.

1. Wed 3 November 10am - then fortnightly (This group is now full)

2. Wed 27 October 7pm - then fortnightly (Still spaces) (6 Nov, 24 Nov, 8 Dec)

If you are interested in attending one of these as well as, or instead of, the LCIG group, please email


Beginners may also be interested in the  "Learn the Language" short online unit of the BLS which can be carried out independently or with the help of a volunteer BLS tutor.