The Meetings Held in 2016

The Ridge, Busketts Wood, New Forest, Saturday 2nd April 2016

An afternoon meeting to record a rich dead wood assemblage recently found on the dead branches on a recently fallen stag headed Oak. A previous brief examination suggested the dead branches were a rich habitat with species such as Protoparmelia oleagina, Pycnora sorophora and Ochrolechia arborea, the latter new to Hampshire; an interesting and little seen habitat. Once finished recording the tree, it was planed have a wander in the surrounding very rich woodland. We met at the Busketts Cricket Pitch car park, SU311111 at 13.00. Report in preparation.

Kingston Lacy Park, Dorset, Saturday 7th May 2016

A meeting to record this park, which has not been surveyed for a decade at least. It has decent Xanthorion with Anaptychia and Pleurosticta acetabulum, also Cryptolechia on Maple. We meet in the car park main at 10.30am. Report in preparation.

Lin Wood and Amies Wood, New Forest, Sunday the 9th October 2016

After a gap in the summer back looking form lichens again! A meeting to record the epiphytic lichen assemblage in a couple of New Forest Woods, which had not had out a serious visit for 20 years (I did have a look about 10 years ago but lost the notes). Part of the Red Shoot wood complex and has well developed Oak and Holly communities. We meet at the Appleslade Car Park SU184 092 at 10.45am. Report in preparation.

Coppice of Linwood, New Forest, 13th November 2016

A visit to an area of 18th century Oak plantation within the New Forest, which has been colonised by many of the more sensitive New Forest old growth specialist lichens. This Inclosure had been damaged by 20th century conifer planting, but the last Forest Design Plan proposed restoration to pasture woodland. This has already been partly carried out, but the next draft Forest Design Plan is proposing reversing this and turning the stand into normal managed broadleaved woodland. The visit was intended to update the lichen data for this site, to help inform the future management of the site. We meet at Janesmoor Pond Car Park at SU246136 at 10.30am.