Ian Holt, Estate Manager at Lesnes Abbey Woods, reports that a full day was spent exploring the site for Lichens this autumn, with a focus on the abbey ruins. 112 taxa were recorded in total, of which 18 are listed by Woods & Coppins (2012) as Nationally Scarce and 2 Nationally Rare.
However, this apparently large number of scarce and rare taxa is largely due to most of those taxa being much under-recorded.
All except two of the lichens (Leprocaulon calcicola and Stereocaulon nanodes) are frequently recorded during detailed lichen surveys in Eastern England.
But Leptorhaphis maggiana, a diminutive bark fungus which is usually recorded by lichenologists rather than mycologists, is infrequently encountered in the East and is new to Vice-County 16 (West Kent), within which Bexley falls..
A full report is in preparation.
This picture of Lichens on Lesnes Abbey ruins was taken by Mike Robinson on November 20th. ...
Ruxley hit by bad weather
Ruxley Gravel Pits Nature Reserve [Kent Wildlife Trust] RGPNR
Sunday 10th December 2017
Report by Honorary Secretary Martin Watts
As you know bad weather resulted in the abandonment of our Task Day on Sunday 10th December 2017.
However, popped round to see the tip site, now gone, with the gates now locked & blocked.
We may have the path towards the south of the tip site on the Reserve back soon.
Here a couple of comparison pics from the same position from just after the fire in March 2017 & today 10th December 2017.
You can still visit the reserve any time by purchasing a key & permit from Martin Watts, Honorary Secretary [by email to email@example.com telephone 01322 528 570]. They cost £10.00 & are valid until March 2018.
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