The magazine for the modern naturalist About Contact Back issues Shop Help Subscribe

"British Wildlife is the pulsating heart of the UK nature conservation movement"

Matthew Oates, National Trust

"The most important and informative publication on wildlife of our times"

Michael McCarthy, The Independent

"Packed with readable, thoughtful, up to date articles; written by ecologists and naturalists for ecologists and naturalists"

Nick Baker, Presenter and Naturalist

From issue:   Issue:   British Wildlife 08.3 February 1997

‘And Some Fell on Stony Ground . . .’ The Saxicolous Churchyard Lichens of Lowland England

By - Tom Chester

Whereas the congregations inside churches seem continually to dwindle, there are, as Dennis (1993) has pointed out, still 'vast congregations of wild plants and animals' inhabiting our churchyards. Many of these are elusive, evident only for a brief time of the day or night or confined to a season of the year. Lichens, on the other hand, in all but the most polluted sites, are ever present, clothing the stonework in a coat of many colours, and yet, ironically, are little known, taken for granted and largely ignored.

Buy this issue Subscribe now

"British Wildlife is the pulsating heart of the UK nature conservation movement."

Matthew Oates, National Trust

"The most important and informative publication on wildlife of our times"

Michael McCarthy, The Independent

"Packed with readable, thoughtful, up to date articles; written by ecologists and naturalists for ecologists and naturalists"

Nick Baker, Presenter and Naturalist