BLS Recording Scheme

Lichen Recording SchemeBLS meeting at Wallington Hall Jan 2016


The Lichen Recording Scheme is the focus for recording activity in the BLS. It was relaunched at the 2016 AGM to formalise a number of things we were doing already, but it is at an early stage and some of the new aspects will take a while to develop. In time the aim of the scheme is to support individual recorders and projects by, amongst other things:

  • Providing a central point of contact for members and other organisations
  • Developing a network of vice county recorders and referees
  • Putting on an annual recorders conference
  • Sending out e-newsletters to keep active members informed of interesting finds, new species and taxonomic revisions, records needed, etc. 
  • Assisting with national and regional projects
  • Encouraging members to send in their records for inclusion in the database, either by using the BLS spreadsheet or online through iRecord
  • Highlighting gaps in the database that need filling, such as species or areas that are under-recorded or have not been surveyed for a long time
  • Making our lichen records available to all who need them through the online facilities provided by the National Biodiversity Network (the NBN Gateway) and the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF)
  • Providing data to members and academics for use in atlases, academic research and for conservation
  • Developing species accounts on the BLS website that are approachable and helpful to beginners as well as experts, and include information on habitat and ecology that may not be available elsewhere
  • Developing computerised identification keys
  • Redeveloping the British Lichens website, and linking it to species accounts on the BLS website.

Initially this will be coordinated by Janet Simkin, who also manages the database and this website. Anyone interested in getting involved in any aspect is encouraged to get in touch with her on