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Thank you for shining a light on lichens!

Lichens play a crucial role in environmental health and are a vital part of our ecosystem, but they are struggling in our polluted and developing world. Your kind donation will help us work in more habitats to protect the rarest lichens and make a positive impact in preserving and protecting them.

How we are saving Lichens

Scotland’s hazelwoods
Hazelwood

Scotland's hazelwoods

In this case study, Dr Oliver Moore, Plantlife's Saving Scotland's Rainforest Lichens and Bryophytes Advisor introduces Scotland's hazelwoods, an important part of the UK's temperate rainforest habitat.

Management for lichens and bryophytes at Dolmelynllyn, Ganllwyd
Green Satin lichens Ricasolia Virens

Management for lichens and bryophytes at Dolmelynllyn, Ganllwyd

In this case study Dave Lamacraft, Plantlife Lichen and Bryophyte Specialist showcases how to maintain a habitat suitable for the rare lichens that grow in the area.

Translocating Lobarion lichens
Lichen on a tree with netting on top and a hand measuring the size of the lichen

Translocating Lobarion lichens

In this case study, we evaluate the success of two translocation efforts on Exmoor that took place in 2019 at Tarr Steps NNR and Horner Wood NNR. The information provided here will be useful to those managing temperate rainforest and considering how to mitigate lichen losses in situations where they cannot be preserved in situ

The rare lichens of ash and mitigating the impact of ash dieback.
A few fallen ash tree on a path

The rare lichens of ash and mitigating the impact of ash dieback.

In this case study, you will learn the significance of the veteran ash trees at Horner Wood for their lichen interest in particular, and the range of management techniques employed which balance preserving trees and habitat with public safety.

Thinning holly for the benefit of veteran oaks and their lichens
Woodland area with green trees and lichen covered wood

Thinning holly for the benefit of veteran oaks and their lichens

A case study: Horner Wood, Exmoor, Somerset

Managing old pollards to benefit a rare and specialist lichen community
Pollard Oak tree

Managing old pollards to benefit a rare and specialist lichen community

A case study: Hawkcombe Wood, North Exmoor. The ancient pollards here support a number of lichen species of international, national and regional significance.