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What’s a lichen?

Step 1.

Even though we can find lichens in most places we go, lots of us have never really noticed them and don’t know what they are.  

Have a go at our What’s a lichen? activity to learn everything you need to know about them. 

 

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Step 2.

Now you know what a lichen is, can you tell lichens apart from other living things?

Take a look at the activity sheet and see if you can Spot the lichen. 

 

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Lichens are all around us!

Step 1.

Lichens can grow almost anywhere… they could even be right on your doorstep! 

Find out more about where lichens grow through our online activity – you might be surprised at where you can find them! 

 

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Step 2.

Even in busy places, full of people and cars, you’ll be able to spot lichens. They could be anywhere, from playparks and pavements, to graveyards and post boxes. 

Now you know some of the places you might find lichens growing its time to see if you can find some. Go on your own Lichen Hunt to see where you can find them in your local area.  

 

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Activity Sheets

How to spot it

A tall, strong smelling, hairy plant with a ridged stem. Oval toothed leaves with yellow umbrella shaped flowers.

Other Species

Monmouthshire County Council – Road Verges and Green Spaces

Monmouthshire County Council – Road Verges and Green Spaces

How Cut and Collect Save Council Cost – Dorset

 

 

How Cut and Collect Save Council Cost – Dorset

Dorset Council saved their mowing bill by 45% within 5 years

Let’s learn about… Lichens

Let’s learn about… Lichens

Learn more about lichens with easy to follow interactive activities and printable spotter sheets and scavenger hunts.

Often found in parks, banks and lawns – any type of grassland habitat – White Clover is the commonest of the clovers.

The White Clover flowerheads are ball-shaped cluster on a long stem, made up of tiny individual white and sometimes very pale pink flowers. The leaves have the archetypal ‘cloverleaf’ shape: three rounded leaflets often with a pale band.

Distribution

Common across the UK.

Habitat

Almost any grassy habitat.

Best time to see

Flowers from June to September.

Did you know?

  • Vernacular names include Milky blobs, Sheepy-maa’s and Bee-bread. The latter name “Bee-bread” derives from the fact that the white flowers can be pulled out of the heads and sucked for a bead of honey.
  • Four- and, even better, five-leaved clovers are considered lucky, though ideally you must come across them accidentally. They were pressed and used as bookmarks in prayer books in parts of Buckinghamshire.

Other Species

How Cut and Collect Save Council Cost – Dorset

 

 

How Cut and Collect Save Council Cost – Dorset

Dorset Council saved their mowing bill by 45% within 5 years

Let’s learn about… Lichens

Let’s learn about… Lichens

Learn more about lichens with easy to follow interactive activities and printable spotter sheets and scavenger hunts.

Managing Road Verges
Close up of wildflowers taken on verge with a road in the distance.

Managing Road Verges

Our road verges have the potential to act as a sanctuary for wildflowers and a network of connective corridors across the UK. By unlocking their potential, road verges and greenspaces have an important part to play in natures recovery, whilst enhancing carbon storage, saving public money, and producing resources from waste products.