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BLS AGM and Winter Meeting 2020

31st January 2020, 17:30 to 2nd February 2020 Afternoon

Event Description:

Notice of Annual General Meeting 2020 - at 10.30 on Saturday 1 February

preceded by a reception; special lecture and dinner on Friday 31 January

and followed, at 14.00 on 1 February, by the winter indoor meeting and by a field outing on Sunday 2 February


The AGM and Winter Meeting for 2020 will be held at the Herbarium Buildings, Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh EH3 5LR, on Saturday 1 February 2020.

Inverleith Row is served by frequent Lothian buses nos 8, 23 and 27 from the city centre. Note that the main visitor entrance to the Garden is on Arboretum Place on the other side of the garden. There is limited, expensive and time-limited parking on surrounding streets, so public transport is recommended. Entrance will be through the black gates to the Science/Herbarium Buildings just north of 20 Inverleith Row (see downloadable map below).



Exhibits can be put up in from 15.00 on Friday and should be ready for viewing by 17.30. They can be viewed during tea breaks until the close of the meeting on Saturday. Please advise Becky Yahr by e-mail (r.yahr@rbge.ac.uk) of your requirements for tables or display stands before Monday 16 January as these have to be ordered in advance, and arrange with her if you need access by car when bringing any bulky or heavy items.


Friday 31 January:

17.30 – Reception (wine and soft drinks) and Exhibition, with poster presentations.

18.30 – Special Lecture


On the occasion of Professor Peter Crittenden’s retirement as Editor in Chief of the Lichenologist, he will present a Special Lecture:

Toughing it out: lichen ecology and a life in lichen research”


19.45 – Dinner after the Special Lecture at the Little White Pig (26B Dublin Street, Edinburgh EH3 6NN), £20 for a buffet-style dinner. Drinks will be separate. Booking is essential, please see the form posted to you with this Bulletin and downloadable form below.



Saturday 1 February:

9.45 – Coffee and tea, and poster exhibition.

10.30 – Annual General Meeting  see agenda below

13.00 – Lunch (at own expense). Restaurants and cafes within a few minutes walking distance are situated within the gardens and around Inverleith Row.


14.00 Winter Meeting.

Introduction – Becky Yahr, President of the Society

14.05 Looking Out for Small Things. Exploring the Atlantic woodlands of the Lake District. April Windle, Plantlife.

14.30 Ben Alder: inaugural meeting of the Montane Lichen Group. Graham Boswell, Somerset.

14.55 Epiphytic lichen communities in a time of change. Janet Simkin, University of Newcastle.

15.20 Bringing your lichen data alive with QGIS. Les Knight, North Yorkshire.

15.45 Tea in Reception

16.10 Lichen surveys for the Lost and Found Fungi Project. Paul Cannon, RBG Kew.

16.35 BLS Field Meeting round-up. Steve Price, Derbyshire.

17.00 Rocks, Paper, Scissors. Joanne Kaar, Caithness.

17.25 Arrangements for field meeting to Arniston House, Gorebridge, Midlothian (subject to confirmation). Becky Yahr

17.40 Close


Nominations for Officers of the Society

Nominations are invited for Officers for 2020 and for three members of Council for the period 2020–2022 (retiring at the AGM held in early 2023, subject to changes in the Society’s Constitution). Proposals should be sent by e-mail or in writing to the Secretary (Sandy Coppins, 37 High Street, East Linton, East Lothian EH40 3AA, email secretary@britishlichensociety.org.uk) at least two weeks before the AGM. No person may be nominated without their consent. Andy Acton and Graham Boswell are due to retire from Council and are not eligible for re-election. We thank them for their service and support.


AGM Agenda


Please sign the attendance list and write your own name badge.


  1. Apologies for absence

  2. Minutes of the Annual General Meeting held at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, January 2019.

  3. Matters arising.

  4. Reports of Officers and Committee Chairs:

4.1 President (Paul Cannon)

4.2 Treasurer (John Skinner)

4.3 Conservation (Bryan Edwards)

4.4 Data (Les Knight)

4.5 Education and Promotions (Fay Newbery)

4.6 Bulletin Editor (Maxine Putnam)

4.7 Senior Editor, Lichenologist (Peter Crittenden)

4.8 Website Editor (Janet Simkin)

4.9 Social Media (Amanda Davey)

4.10 Field Meetings Secretary (Steve Price)

4.11 Librarian (Theresa Greenaway)

4.12 Archivist (Mark Seaward)

4.13 Herbarium Curator (Richard Brinklow)

5. Election of Officers, including three members of Council

6. Any other business

7. Date and place of AGM 2021



Post-AGM excursion

On Sunday 2nd February we will visit Arniston House, near Gorebridge, Midlothian (currently subject to confirmation). We will meet at 11.00 at the main car park, postcode for satnavs EH23 4RY. For more information please see the notice of meeting on this website.


Local Organiser

Dr Rebecca Yahr, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, 20a Inverleith Row, Edinburgh EH3 5LR, email r.yahr@rbge.ac.uk.