MikeHolland's picture

Lichen on old Hawthorn tree

Observed: 22nd November 2012 By: MikeHollandMikeHolland’s reputation in Fungi and Lichens

Think i need to get a good book on lichens as there are so many of then..
Anyone out there recomend a good one????


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Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Flavoparmelia caperata interacts


martinjohnbishop's picture

List of Lichen publications

Cat.31. Lichens – An Illustrated Guide to the British and Irish Species 6th Edition (2011)

MikeHolland's picture

Thanks for that Martin.. Look

Thanks for that Martin..

Look to a very good Guide.

Was thinking more a pocket book field guide.

gardener's picture

FSC charts

Unfortunately there isn't a pocketable field guide to lichens though the Field Studies Council has fold-out charts to lichens in various habitats:

Paul Whelan has published what it so far the only introductory guide to lichens, there are some mistakes in the text (as with most books) but it does provide a useful introduction with some great photos and the species are also found in the UK:

Stuie Heale's picture

How many?

How many different types of lichen are there in the UK?

S. Heale

synan's picture

Enough for a lifetime

Over 1873 species, including the rare ones.


MikeHolland's picture

Just signed up with the

Just signed up with the British Lichen Society..lots of reading to do now..

Jamie Sprake's picture

Lichens are very sensitive to

Lichens are very sensitive to air pollution, especially sulphur dioxide, and are used by scientists to indicate air pollution.