This beginner course provides an opportunity for you to explore the medieval park at Nettlecombe, which is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) for its lichens. You will learn to identify common lichens that are used as indicators of air quality and those that are associated with veteran trees.


Tutor: Pat Wolseley

Pat Wolseley is a lichenologist and past president of the British Lichen Society who lives at Nettlecombe but continues to work at the Natural History Museum as a part time Scientific Associate. She has worked on lichens as indicators of environmental conditions at home and in the tropics and was instrumental in the development of the national OPAL air quality project which used lichens as indicators of air quality across the UK. More recently she has put together a checklist of lichens of Somerset, together with Brian and Sandy Coppins, which is in press and which we will use on the course to check distribution of lichen communities in Somerset.