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British Wildlife 35.1 October 2023

Lichens of temperate rainforest and ancient trees in south-west England

There has been a recent surge of interest in British temperate rainforests, habitats which host internationally significant populations of lichens, bryophytes and ferns. Here, Dave Lamacraft shares recent findings, conservation issues and habitat-management challenges in south-west England, especially in temperate rainforest and oceanic woodlands.

Field lichenology in Britain seems to be experi­encing something of a renaissance, guided by a generation of enthusiasts who were mentored by some of the pioneers of British lichenology, such as Peter James, Oliver Gilbert, Francis Rose, Frank Dobson and Ursula Duncan.

Natural reflections
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