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BLS AGM and British Lichen Conference 2020

Posted: Tuesday, December 3, 2019 - 19:58

Our next AGM will be held on Saturday 1st February 2020, as part of the British Lichen Conference at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. The conference will start with a reception and poster exhibition on the Friday evening, followed by a lecture and then dinner for those who have booked in advance. The lecture will be by Prof. Peter Crittenden, who is retiring this year as Editor in Chief of the Lichenologist, on "Toughing it out: lichen ecology and a life in lichen research".

The AGM will be on Saturday morning, starting at 10.30, and will be followed after lunch by an afternoon of short talks on everything from current lichen survey projects to using GIS to map lichens on your own computer. On the Sunday there will be an excursion to Arniston House, near Gorebridge, meeting at 10am for those who can stay on. 

This meeting coincides with two art exhibitions, Small is Beautiful (in the Library Foyer) and Thinking Plastic (in the John Hope Centre by the West Gate).

The venue for the Friday and Saturday is the Herbarium Buildings, Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh EH3 5LR. Enter through the black gates to the Science/Herbarium Buildings, just north of 20 Inverleith Row.

Full details of the conference and AGM can be found on the Events page of the BLS website.

As usual there will be a sale of books during the meeting, organised by Prof. Mark Seaward. Any funds raised go to support our work on churchyard lichens. The list can be downloaded below.


BLS AGM 2019

Posted: Tuesday, December 11, 2018 - 11:58

Our next AGM will be held on the morning of Saturday 26th January 2019, at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. As usual we are making a weekend of it, so this will be preceded by a reception and the Swinscow lecture on the Friday evening, and then followed by a series of short talks on the Saturday afternoon and an excursion to Painswick Park on the Sunday. Members and friends are welcome to join us for any or all of this meeting.

Details of the venue and programme can be downloaded below, together with a catalogue for the book sale on the Friday evening.

Change of Charitable Status

Posted: Sunday, July 1, 2018 - 22:02

The BLS is now considering changing its status to become a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO). This will be discussed at the next AGM, in January 2019, and the proposed new Constitution and Standing Orders can now be downloaded from the Constitution page of this website. Any comments should be sent to the President, Paul Cannon, and we would be grateful if this could be done well before the AGM to give us time to look into them.

Dobson - new edition now available

Posted: Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - 11:48

Lichens. An illustrated guide to the British and Irish species

This new seventh edition was published in June 2018. It provides a description and illustration of most of the species likely to be found in Great Britain and Ireland, those excluded being very rare or local, and has been fully revised and updated. Mark Powell has added a valuable new section on lichenicolous fungi, and the book uses the new species names accepted since the publication of Lichens of Great Britain & Ireland (2009).

The book is produced jointly by Richmond Publishing and the British Lichen Society, and there is a special offer price for BLS members if the book is ordered from Richmond Press using this form.



Learning Zone

Posted: Sunday, February 4, 2018 - 12:36

We have recently updated the materials we make available to schools, students and other individuals who want to learn more about lichens or do projects based on lichens.These can be found in the Learning Zone, under Resources on the BLS website.

Information on lichen biology, symbiosis, and how to identify lichens is in the About Lichens section of the website.

Lichens on Twitter

Posted: Sunday, February 4, 2018 - 12:23

The BLS twitter acount (@BLSlichens) was launched in November 2017 and already has more than 1000 followers. We also have a new Facebook account (@BLSlichensF).

Both are being managed by Amanda and Simon Davey, pictured here, but other BLS members are chipping in with their finds and mysteries as well. Non-members are very welcome to post to. either account.




Posted: Sunday, February 4, 2018 - 12:13

The BLS held it's 2018 AGM in Carlisle, at the Tullie House museum. It was well attended and followed by some excellent talks.

At the meeting Allan Pentecost stood down as President at the end of his two year term, to be replaced by Paul Cannon. Becky Yahr became the new Vice President, and Eluned Smith took on the role of Secretary. 

We were especially pleased to give the Ursula Duncan Award to our Treasurer, John Skinner (pictured here). Like any good Treasurer he works quietly in the background, keeping us all on track, so it was good to have the opportunity to show our appreciation for all his efforts. 

Plantlife Cymru Lichen Apprenticeship Scheme

Posted: Monday, March 28, 2016 - 17:26

The Plantlife Cymru Lichen Apprenticeship Scheme ‘CENNAD’ is open to all, through application in March 2016; with training events running April 2016- March 2018. The learning focus will be on epiphytic lichens, particularly species associated with Atlantic woodlands and way-side trees. A combination of learning approaches will be offered through a structured learning programme, including workshop and field training days, site survey; specialist mentoring; home study; microscope sessions; a travelling herbarium; email and web-based support via ‘Lichens of Wales’ website; regional group work and partnership support. Training, and support provided, will build on good practice gained from similar apprenticeship schemes run across the UK.

Further information is given in the flyer. Please note the closing date for applications: 11th April 2016.


Posted: Monday, March 28, 2016 - 13:57

Some useful additions have recently been made to the Downloads section of this website, including a new set of Corrections to the "Flora" produced by Mark Powell, and the Identification Difficulties list used by iRecord and the NBN Record Cleaner. There are also now Lists of the Taxa recorded for England, Scotland and Wales, and for each vice county.

These, together with the Mapping Cards, Recording Spreadsheets, Recording Guidelines, and Skills and Knowledge for Lichenologists, can all be found on the Downloads page, under the Recording tab on the menu bar.


Lichens of Jersey

Posted: Monday, March 28, 2016 - 13:30

The Lichens of Jersey, by Simon and Amanda Davey, was published by the Société Jersiaise in November 2015 and can now be obtained from Tilia Publishing. More than a flora, this book looks at the habitats and history of the study of lichens on this beautiful island, as well as including a fully illustrated section on the individual lichens of Jersey. As the birthplace of one of the great nineteenth-century field lichenologists, the Jerseyman Charles du Bois Larbalestier, the importance of Jersey as an area for the study of lichens is underlined.