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LichensThe British Lichen Societyencourages all aspects of thestudy of lichens and theirconservation. For moreinformation about the Society,and how to join, see thewebsite: www.thebls.org.uk.This is the second year of a series of daycourses, Introducing Lichens 1 andIntroducing Lichens 2, sponsored by theBritish Lichen Society. Courses are all runby members of the British Lichen Society,all of whom have extensive knowledge oflichens and a passion for teaching othersabout these fascinating life forms. Thecourses can be taken together, or as stand-alone events. Both are suitable forbeginners.Introducing Lichens 1SL11 FebSatNon-residential £35MT25 FebSatNon-residential £35OR17 MarSatNon-residential £35EF31 MarSatNon-residential £35JH21 AprSatNon-residential £35FM15 MayTueNon-residential £35PM26 MaySatNon-residential £35This one-day course presents lichens toanyone keen to learn what they are andhow to recognise some of the morecommon species. The day includes anintroductory talk, a field excursion and useof simple charts and keys to help youidentify species with confidence.Introducing Lichens 2MT31 MarSatNon-residential £35OR31 MarSatNon-residential £35JH12 MaySatNon-residential £35PM23 JunSatNon-residential £35SL21 AugTueNon-residential £35FM20 SepThuNon-residential £35This one-day course helps participantsdevelop their interest in and knowledge oflichens. Lichens will be investigated intheir local habitats along with characters toaid field identification. The biology and themany uses of lichens, including aspollution indicators, will be introduced. Iftime is available participants may be able touse microscopes to study lichens further orundertake a small project.Identifying Lichens FM. O. 09 Mar-11 Mar. Fri-Sun. £230. £164This course introduces the identificationand ecology of lichens, concentrating ontheir growth forms, reproductive strategiesand habitat requirements. A combinationof field excursions, microscope work anduse of keys will help you to developconfidence in essential identification skills.John Skinneris the Manager of SouthendMuseum and has extensive experiencerecording the lichens of the region.Lichen IdentificationKD. I. 30 Mar-06 Apr. Fri-Fri. £475. £356Most people who know something aboutthem think that lichens are fascinating, butmany feel fearful about starting to look atthem because of their reputation for being'difficult'. This course lasts for an entireweek so even if you are abeginner, you willhave time and opportunity to feelcomfortable and gain confidence in lookingat lichens both in the field and thelaboratory. Rebecca Yahrhas been studyinglichen evolution, ecology and conservationfor 15 years and is currently working at theRoyal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. Lichens in their HabitatsOR. B. 11 Apr-15 Apr. Wed-Sun. £390. £310A course for beginners and more advancedparticipants interested in conservation andmanagement of habitats for lichens. Itincludes aspects of monitoring populationsof notable species, the identification ofdifficult groups and the application of reddata lists and indicator lists to assess sitequality and condition. Pat Wolseleyis aLichenologist at the Natural HistoryMuseum and former President of theBritish Lichen Society. Ray Woodsis LowerPlants Officer Plantlife Cymru and aleading authority on lichens in Wales.Lichens and Lichenicolous FungiSL. O. 17 Aug-20 Aug. Fri-Mon. £335. £225A workshop-style course coveringidentification of lichens, and also the fungithat are obligately associated with them,both in the field and under the microscope.Ideal for those with enthusiasm and a littleknowledge wishing to increase theirconfidence and learn more. Advantage willbe taken of the rich material of lichens andlichenicolous fungi present in Slapton andin its vicinity. David Hawksworthis aformer President of the British LichenSociety and author of numerous articles onlichens and associated fungi.Lichens in the Dales: An Introductory CourseMT . O . 24 Aug-27 Aug . Fri-Mon . £335 . £229The Malham Tarn area is rich in lichenspecies, occurring on rocks, trees and soil,allowing the beginner to form a useful andinformative collection of material.Methods of collection and examination willbe explained and specimens from the fieldwill be examined further at the Centre.Gain confidence in using simpleidentification keys and chemical tests andobtain an understanding of their biologyand impact on the landscape. A course forbeginners or those with little experiencewith lichens, though the more experiencedare also welcome. Allan Pentecost, anexperienced tutor, has published manyresearch papers on lichens includingMalham Tarn Lichen Flora. He has beenvisiting and collecting in the area for over30 years.Identifying Lichens at Intermediate LevelFM. I. 07 Sep-09 Sep. Fri-Sun. £230. £164This intermediate level weekend on lichenidentification is for anyone with someinitial experience of this group who wouldlike to take their interest several stagesfurther. As in our March course, there willbe a combination of field excursions,microscope work and use of keys to helpyou with lichen identification. JohnSkinnerruns our lichen course forbeginners and is looking forward tohelping people extend their knowledge andto encourage more recording of lichens inEast Anglia and beyond.Usnea floridaClive HurfordNEW36*Accredited courses which could count towards a qualification (see page 43).BLBlencathra .DFDale Fort . DGDerrygonnelly .EFEpping Forest .FMFlatford Mill . JHJuniper Hall .KDKindrogan .MTMalham Tarn .MAMargam .OROrielton .PMPreston Montford .RCRhyd-y-creuau .SLSlapton Ley

Lost Pond Hannah RoseThe courses in this section cover broader issuesof ecology and conservation including:.Ecological principles.Biological recording.Biological surveying.Higher level species identification.Habitat overviews.Habitat management.National Vegetation ClassificationCourse programmes are designed for those seekingtraining or Continuing Professional Development(CPD), as well as for amateurs with a generalinterest in ecological and environmental issues. Mostare offered at an intermediate level, reflecting thedepth and breadth of course content, often linkingtheory and concepts with practical techniques andskills. A summary of all professional developmentcourses is given on page 44.Courses marked *BI can form part of the Universityof Birmingham Certificate in Biological Recordingand Species Identification. Full details are given onpage 43 of the brochure.Though we are careful to minimise any overlap withcourses offered in other sections of this brochuremany of the courses within the Birds and OtherAnimals or Flowers and Other Plants are suitable forCPD and cover management and conservationissues with respect to particular groups oforganisms.Bosherton Clive Hurfordwww.field-studies-council.org/habitats&conservationhabitats37Discounts for shared accommodationShared accommodation is usually available on our residential courses at a discounted price. The cost isnormally around £10 per night less than sole occupancy price. Please contact the Centre (see page 2)for an exact price.centreleveldatesdayssole occupancynon-residentialfee FM . O . 01 Feb-03 Feb . Fri-Sun . £174 . £135