Lichens for Beginners
, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 3BD
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
This course is now fully booked but you can add your name to the waiting list by clicking on the orange 'Join Waitlist' button further down this page.
Phone number01622 662012
PriceStandard fee: £35 per person per day.
Concessionary fee: Kent Wildlife Trust volunteers, senior citizens, unemployed and students £5 off.
Additional booking informationThe 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.
Know before you go
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 accesssee 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.