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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. 

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.


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.










Posted: Thursday, January 28, 2016 - 22:35

The BLS has made available £10,000 to help its members attend IAL8. We envisage making 25-30 awards in the region of £300-£460 each. Applicants must be BLS members when the application is submitted.

Applications should be sent to Heidi Döring (on ) before 15 March 2016. It is hoped that results will be announced by mid of April.

Please note that applications for the BLS awards will be considered together with those for the IAL awards (which are for students only) and that applicants will not be considered for both.


Posted: Friday, January 22, 2016 - 09:43

BLS at Wallington Hall. (c) William PurvisThe 2016 winter meeting was held in Newcastle upon Tyne on 15-17th January. It started with a reception and dinner on the Friday evening, and the society joined with the Natural History Society of Northumbria for a lichen herbarium evening with a display of specimens and books from their collection. As usual the AGM was on the Saturday morning, at Newcastle University, and this was followed in the afternoon by a programme of talks. On the final day 25 members and friends gathered for a field trip to Wallington Hall in Northumberland and enjoyed a great day out in the snow.

There have been quite a few changes to Council this year. Allan Pentecost has started his two year term as President, with Paul Cannon as Vice President, but Janet Simkin remains on Council as Past President and will continue to be a member of several committees. The role of Secretary has been taken on by Pat Wolseley and Sandy Coppins as a job share, Fay Newbery has taken over as chair of EPC, and Heidi Doring as chair of MSC. We also have three new elected members of Council - Niall Higgins, Tracy Lovering and Tim Wilkins. This new team have much to do!




Posted: Wednesday, December 2, 2015 - 16:16

Membership portalOur membership management system now has an online portal through which members can manage their own contact details and renew their subscriptions. Payments can be made by credit or debit card, and direct debits are also available (as well as cheques for those who prefer). The day to day running of this system has been transferred to a service provider, the Royal Society of Biology. They will provide a dedicated phone line (020 3793 7852) and email ( to ensure that queries are answered quickly.




Posted: Tuesday, December 1, 2015 - 10:37

Buellia asterella, the Starry Breck Lichen, has been accepted for inclusion in the IUCN Global Red List with a conservation status of Critically Endangered. This is the first British lichen to be included in the list.

It is endemic to the dry grasslands of western Europe, and used to occur in small isolated populations from Italy to England and southern Norway. Now it is thought to be extinct in all but three or four locations globally, all in Germany or Norway. It was last seen in Britain at Lakenheath Warren in 1999. The causes of this decline appear to be loss of grassland habitat to agriculture and urban development, eutrophication, scrub encroachment and trampling.

Further information can be found on the IUCN website.

Posted: Saturday, November 21, 2015 - 19:22

Earlier this month the South Yorkshire Biodiversity Research Group held a conference, Oliver Gilbert: A Life in Ecology, in Sheffield. Oliver had many interests including lichens. He was an active member of the BLS and author of the classic New Naturalist book on Lichens, published in March 2000. Thanks to generous sponsorship by New Naturalist this book is now offered for sale at a 10% discount, with £10 from each sale to be donated to SYBRG.

Download the form for further details.