The information for this blog was provided by Ken Gartside – a local naturalist and regular Dove Stone volunteer.
You may not always think about it, but when you look lichens are all around us – a colourful growth on trees, buildings, rocks and earth, in fact nearly 8% of the earth’s landmass is covered in lichen!
Did you know...?
So next time you’re out and about at Dove Stone or elsewhere take a closer look at this amazing species.
If you want to learn more about lichens and how to identify them two good guides to try are Frank Dobson's 'Lichens – an illustrated guide' (revised 2011) and 'The Lichens of Great Britain and Ireland' - the Natural History Museum & British Lichen Society (BLS).
We can also provide a copy of Ken’s full article which contains more detailed information (please email Miriam.firstname.lastname@example.org)
There are also online resources with good quality accurate photographs and descriptions including well-respected sites such as:
Below are a few photos of some lichens found in the Greater Manchester area - as there are so many different types of lichen they all have quite exotic-sounding Latin names!