Episode 153: Lichen

This week I’m speaking to April Windle. April is a naturalist with a particular interest in lichens, especially those occupying our rainforest habitats along the western seaboard of the British Isles. April works on a variety of lichen education and conservation projects and co-chairs the Education & Promotions Committee of the British Lichen Society. April talks to me about what lichen actually is, where you can find it and why it’s interesting and worth studying. 

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What we cover

What is a lichen? Might they be confused with algae, moss or fungi?

The provenance of lichens

UK species

Where you can find them

Lichen propagation 

Lichens as species or material specific

What is life like for lichen given things like development, air pollution and climate change?

Edible and medicinal uses

Where you can find out more about lichens

About April Windle

April Windle is a naturalist with a particular interest in lichens, especially those occupying our rainforest habitats along the western seaboard of the British Isles. She is currently self-employed and involved in a variety of lichen education and conservation projects, whilst co-chairing the Education & Promotions Committee of the British Lichen Society.  Her employment history includes Plantlife International, the Natural History Museum, Exmoor National Park Authority and the RSPB. 

Links

www.britishlichensociety.org.uk 

April on Twitter: @aprilwindle

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