Identifying Lichens

This course will consist of a blend of field and laboratory sessions, focusing on morphology, biology, ecology and chemistry.

The workshop will include a series of field visits to local sites around the FSC centre, in the iconic and clean habitats of the English Lake District. With the rich lichen diversity at Blencathra, the centre is perfectly situated for an introductory course to lichens, especially with the spectacular variety that can be found in the uplands. The knowledge and skillset acquired over the duration of this course will equip you with the confidence to delve further into lichens as a group, follow-up support on offer by the course tutor.


This is one of a series of courses (Units) run jointly with Manchester Metropolitan University contributing to the MSc Biological Recording and Ecological Monitoring and the Postgraduate Certificate in Biological Recording. To gain university credits you must be registered for the programme in advance of this course. For further details please contact:

The Unit will be assessed through, for example, identification tests, survey reports, field journals, production of keys, essays or other forms of assessment.

Tutor: April Windle
April Windle is the Senior Project Officer for Plantlife’s Looking Out for the Small Things project, focusing on lichens and bryophytes in the Atlantic woodlands of the Lake District. April previously worked as an ID Trainer at the Natural History Museum and currently sits on the Education and Promotions Committee (EPC) for the British Lichen Society. Her guide ‘A Beginner’s Guide to Studying Lichens’ will be made available as part of the course. Twitter: @aprilwindle

Please note, the fee is for tuition, packed lunch and refreshments only.

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Key Information

Start date:

9th September 2021 at 4:00pm




Field Studies Council


Online, Short




FSC Blencathra, United Kingdom