Lichens


These are densely packed crustose lichens, on the bark of a young birch tree in Sheepfield Copse. Groups of lichen species are often consistently associated together, forming recognisable communities. It is probable this is a community, containing several species of Arthonia, that grows on smooth barked trees.


More lichens here

The whole thing

 “It is that range of biodiversity that we must care for – the whole thing – rather than just one or two stars.”   David Attenborough

Our park doesn’t have snow leopards or white rhinos. Our rarities are small and fragile: water voles, pondweeds, dragonflies zipping past so suddenly they make you jump, a visiting marsh tit, a linnet singing in the trees, little bottom-feeding fish. Then there are the hundreds of flowering plants, thousands of invertebrates and probably tens of thousands of species of fungi hidden away where we can’t see them.

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Pond at sunset by Elena Aschiopoaiei. Thank you, Elena, for such an atmospheric picture.

Pictures, by DKG, of Tuesday’s misty morning. Click any picture to open the gallery.


butterfly spotted wood  Another gallery by DKG:

‘Path’ by Neave Duggan (aged 12)

 

Midsummer sunrise

Sunrise on the summer solstice by DKG.

“A few photos of the sunrise on June 21st. The sky was producing some lovely cloud textures, a lovely dawn chorus as usual….”

Click on the first picture to open the gallery:

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