Flute Lichen (Menegazzia terebrata)

The Flute Lichen is easy to recognise with its hollow or inflated thallus perforated with holes (like a flute).  The other two species with a hollow thallus are Hypogymnia tubulosa and H physodes.  They have larger lobes than the Flute Lichen and do not have holes.  They are both much commoner than the Flute Lichen Read More …

Tree Lungwort (Lobaria pulmonaria)

This lichen is easy to find and easy to recognise.  It is large, green, and covered with a network of ridges.  It is found on trees with alkaline bark, such as hazel, willow, ash, sycamore, mature oaks and beech.  It also sometimes grows on rocks in shady humid places.  It is only attached at the Read More …

Hebrew Character (Orthosia gothica)

The Hebrew Character is one of the commonest early spring moths, and is easily recognised by the black mark on each wing which supposedly looks like the Hebrew letter N. It can appear in late February but most sightings are in March or April, with a few still on the wing in May. This moth Read More …

Marsh Violet (Viola palustris)

The Marsh Violet or Bog Violet is common but often missed, as it flowers in April in the sort of places that botanists tend not to visit until later in the year.  It can be recognised by its leaves, once known, but the best way to get to know it initially is to find it Read More …

LNHG cycle track field trip Tue 25 Nov

This month’s midweek field trip is along the Sustrans cycle track from Lettershuna to Lurignish. This walk was originally announced for December 2013 but was cancelled due to extreme weather conditions. The forecast for  Tuesday is quite the opposite: dry and calm. Meet at 10 a.m. at the long layby just after the road meets Read More …

Field Trips on 12th and 15th Nov

On Wednesday 12th November there is a special visit to Achinduin, Lismore, where last autumn Kiki, who runs the Lismore cafe, found sensational grassland fungi including Violet Coral (gasp!) and White Ballerina Waxcap (swoon!).  Ever since then I have wanted to visit the area, and now we have the chance.  This is one for the Read More …