- Written by Tessa Jones
- Category: Meetings
- Published: 20 March 2011
Illustrated talk by Dave Genney, 7.30pm on 31 March, Nethybridge Church Hall. Everyone Welcome.
Photo: © 2010 Stewart Taylor.
The next meeting of the Badenoch & Strathspey Conservation Group is an illustrated talk on ‘Discovering Lichens of the Highlands’ by Dr Dave Genney. This will take place on Thursday March 31 at 7.30 in Nethy Bridge Church Hall. Scotland has a remarkable 1,500 species of lichen and their abundance and variety makes them internationally important. They grow in an enormous range of habitats from the seashore to the high tops, including in extreme environments hostile to many other forms of life.
Dave Genney is Scottish Natural Heritage’s lichen specialist. He made the exciting find of a new lichen for Scotland when he came across the black beaded lichen in the west highlands.
Lichens are sensitive indicators of pollution, food for reindeer and nesting material for birds. They were once commercially important for traditional dyeing in Scotland, giving rise to the proverb ‘Cattle on the hills, Gold on the rocks’.
The meeting is open to everyone and non members are welcome.
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