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Lichens for Beginners

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Make a start on identifying these notoriously difficult yet intriguing, beautiful and environmentally sensitive plants.

Event details

Date

Time
10am - 3/4pm
A static map of Lichens for Beginners

About the event

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

Booking

Phone number

01622 662012

Price

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.

Suitable for

Adults

Know before you go

Dogs

Guide dogs only

Mobility

Tyland Barn is wheelchair accessible.  Disabled access to the barn and nature park is very good.  Max distance to walk at Hothfield Common will not exceed 1.5 miles.  The terrain is generally easy.  Regrettably the fieldwork venues are not very suitable for wheelchair users.  

Wheelchair access

see above

What to bring

Notebook and pencil. A x10 (or if preferred a x20) magnification hand lens (x10 will be available on loan or for purchase at the Barn at £8.75).  Suitable outdoor clothing and a picnic lunch (or sandwiches may be be purchased at Tyland Barn).  We shall not be near shops or a pub at lunchtime, and there will be no access to public conveniences during the afternoon.

Facilities

Toilets
Picnic area
Disabled toilet
Baby changing facilities

Contact us

Jill Evington
Contact number: 01622 662012