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BLS SPRING MEETING 2019 - Morvern, Argyll, Scotland

23rd April 2019 to 30th April 2019

Event Description:

Tuesday 23 to Tuesday 30 April 2019

Field-sites organiser: Andy Acton

This meeting is based in the village of Lochaline on the west coast of highland Scotland. The main habitats to be studied include Atlantic oakwoods and hazelwoods with their uniquely rich Graphidion and Lobarion lichen communities. Some excursions to heavy-metal and upland sites are also being investigated.

Following the productive and enjoyable 2017 meeting on Öland, Sweden, members of the Svensk Lichenologisk Förening (Swedish Lichenological Society) are being invited to join us here.


Meeting Base

Lochaline Dive Centre & O2 Café, Lochaline, Morvern, Argyll, Scotland PA80 5XT

Tel. 01967421627 (m) 07407183670

website: http://www.lochalinedivecentre.co.uk/

for a map of the area have a look at: http://www.streetmap.co.uk/map.srf?X=168027&Y=743305&A=Y&Z=120


Accommodation and costs

The BLS has booked the whole of the Lochaline Dive Lodge for the week -12 en-suite bunk rooms, each sleeping two persons. The cost is £210 per person for the week. Breakfast £6.50, dinner £16.

Self catering facilities are available at the accommodation and any food brought for lunches etc can be stored in the fridges.

Attendees are asked to advise when booking what, if any, meals they wish to take and to advise of any special dietary needs. The cost of meals are to be settled up directly with the Dive Centre at the time of the meeting.

Other accommodation is available in Lochaline including the Lochaline Hotel, B&B guest-houses and self-catering cottages. Attendees wanting to use these need to make their own arrangements.



Attendees should book onto the meeting with the Field Meetings Secretary, Steve Price,
email: fieldmeetings@britishlichensociety.org.uk or by post to Woodlands, Combs Road, Combs, High Peak SK23 9UP and send him a £35 deposit per person, cheques payable to 'The British Lichen Society' (not 'BLS' please). If attendees wish to pay by bank transfer details will be sent on request.

If taking meals please advise of any special dietary needs.


Microscope Work

Microscope work will take place in the Café of which we have use from 4pm to 8am. Note: We cannot leave anything in the Café outside of those times.

Bring your own microscopes if you can. The BLS stereo and compound microscope will also be available for communal use. If possible please try to bring your own consumables (microslides / cover slips / razor blades / chemicals).



The meeting will run from Tuesday 23rd when we will gather in the Café after dinner for an introductory meeting. We vacate the accommodation in the morning of Tuesday 30th.

Further details of the field programme will be sent out to attendees nearer the time of the meeting.


Transport to the meeting

Lochaline is accessible by car and by public transport.

Using public transport trains from Glasgow to Oban connects with the ferry from Oban to Craignure, Mull. The bus 495 connects with the ferry at Craignure and travels to Fishnish for the short ferry journey across the Sound of Mull to Lochaline.

see https://www.calmac.co.uk/oban-craignure-mull-ferry-summer-timetable

see http://www.westcoastmotors.co.uk/timetables/oban-isle-of-mull/ )

see https://www.argyll-bute.gov.uk/lochaline-fishnish-ferry-timetable


Transport during the meeting

It is anticipated that there will be enough car transport to move attendees around for the field visits. If ahead of the meeting it is recognised that there will be a shortage then the additional cars may be hired.


Relevant publications

Sandy and Brian Coppins, 2012, Atlantic Hazel - Scotland's Special Woodlands, Atlantic Hazel Action Group see http://sites.google.com/site/atlantichazelgroup/

Plantlife, 2008, Lichens of Atlantic Woodlands, Guide 1: Lichens on ash, hazel, willow, rowan and old oak, a fold-out field guide.

Plantlife, 2008, Lichens of Atlantic Woodlands, Guide 2: Lichens on birch, alder and oak, a fold-out field guide.

The two Plantlife guides above can be downloaded in pdf format from http://www.plantlife.org.uk/scotland/our-work-scotland/projects-scotland/celtic-rainforests


Maps of the area

The following maps may be useful and dependent upon the location of field sites additional maps may also be recommended.

OS Explorer Series 1:25,000 scale

sheet 383 - Morvern & Lochaline (meeting base on this map)

sheet 374 - Isle of Mull North & Tobermory

sheet 375 - Isle of Mull East

OS Landranger Series 1:50,000 scale

sheet 49 - Oban & East Mull (meeting base on this map)

sheet 47 - Tobermory & North Mull


British Geological Survey 1:50,000

Sheet 52W - Tobermory

Sheet 52E - Strontian

Sheet 44W and part 44E - Eastern Mull