Lichens at Hever

The members of the British Lichen Society spent a short time at Hever churchyard on 18 October 2014.
We were primarily interested in the churchyard wall as it supports a lichen, Diploschistes actinostomus which occurs as several plants on the brick capping of the wall opposite the entrance to Hever Castle. This record is only the second one for this lichen in the UK. It is also found at Brookland on Romney Marsh.
The churchyard boundary wall has a most interesting community of lichens on it and I hope you will make the presence of these lichens widely known so that they can be conserved!!!
Any repair to the wall should incorporate the brick capping in the original orientation. In this way the lichens will survive!
A more detailed survey of the whole church was carried out in 2013. A total of 123 lichens was recorded – a fantastic number!!!
Ishpi Blatchley

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