Woodend lichens foray

Another lichens walk with Natalie Howe, this time as part of a five-week class, and this time back in the friendly confines of Nature Forward’s Woodend Sanctuary. I excelled at finding sticks with not-lichens, like this one with a big patch of Giraffe Spots (Peniophora albobadia). But I did meet two taxa of Physcia, including Physcia stellaris, a Parmotrema, and a shadow lichen, Phaeophyscia rubrophulchra.

We walked the new trail, so most of the rocks were newly-placed and hadn’t acquired the requisite patina of lichens.

The one downer about lichens workshops is that they tend to take place when nothing much else is going on, so it’s always freezing and windy.