This course is an introduction to the basic structure and ecology of lichens, including the importance of lichens as indicators of environmental pollution.
The course will start in the training room, where the main focus will be on how to identify some of the most commonly found lichens, using characteristics that are observable with a hand lens. In the afternoon you will practise ID skills in the field.
Completing this course will enable you to acquire a basic knowledge of lichens and learn how to identify a range of the more common species. It is hoped that you will also gain the inspiration to pursue the subject further.
Suitable for beginners
Led by Ros Bennett, Botanist and Ecologist
Tyland Barn Visitor Centre and Nature Park, Chatham Road Sandling , Maidstone, Kent, ME14 3BD
Standard fee: £35 per person per day.
Concessionary fee: Kent Wildlife Trust volunteers, senior citizens, unemployed and students £5 off.
Additional booking information
The morning will be spent at Tyland Barn but you will be visiting Hothfield Nature Reserve and the graveyard at Hothfield Church or Boughton Malherbe in the afternoon. Participants will need to travel in their own transport – hopefully sharing where possible.