Lichens for Beginners

Trumpet Lichen

c) David Steere

Lichens for Beginners

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

Event details


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

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.   We will then contact you if a place becomes available or if there is sufficient demand and we decide to run course again.


Phone number

01622 662012


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


Know before you go


Guide dogs only


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.


Picnic area
Accessible toilet
Baby changing facilities

Contact us

Jill Evington
Contact number: 01622 662012