Lichen Monitoring at Dunbeath Strath
Dunbeath Strath has a large population of Tree Lungwort lichen on the Hazel trees, which are rare in Caithness. This event set up a monitoring project for the Tree Lungwort and the Hazel. The training looked at how to identify and record the Tree Lungwort and how to monitor the Hazel trees it grew on. This long term community monitoring has not been done before for lichens in Scotland.
There was also a weekend lichen training event, which attracted 20 people who learned how to identify and record lichens. All who attended learned a great deal about lichens and how they function, and one new species for Caithness was recorded over the weekend.
The Highland Council