Plantlife has started a new project - Looking Out for Small Things. The project is working in partnership with the British Lichen Society, Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre, the Lake District National Park, the National Trust and others.
The project will run for two years and focuses on the Atlantic woodlands and remnant woodland pastures of the Lake District. The climate, past management and topography of the region mean that these woodlands are home to many rare and important lichens and bryophytes (mosses and liverworts).
As part of the project there are opportunities to learn about these taxa. The New Generation Botanist Scheme for lichens will give fifteen people an opportunity to attend 5 days training (an introductory and advanced module), survey days and lab days - developing a platform in lichen identification skills as well as knowledge of woodland ecology.
The scheme is now open to applications from people who:
a) can commit to attending the training dates listed
b) will attend additional survey and field days
c) will undertake some self-led learning e.g. reading, photographs, independent visits to woods
Taught sessions will be led by Graham Boswell (British Lichen Society) and April Windle (Plantlife). April Windle will provide further support for trainees. Training will take part in the Lake District National Park with additional sessions in Carlisle. People will need access to their own transport and should be aware that there will be a requirement to walk in woodlands within the Lakes - being outside for half day / full day sessions.
To register for the New Generation Botanist Scheme (Lichens) please complete the form. This project is backed by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), thanks to money raised by National Lottery players.