Hatherop church, GNS Lichen Group meeting (22 April 2007, contributed by Juliet Bailey)

Seven members met for the group’s first meeting of the year. This set us off to a good start, recording more than 80 species (our average for a Gloucestershire churchyard would be more like 50-60). The Cotswold churchyards of east Gloucestershire do seem to be better than average – have they escaped the pollution of the Severn Vale? – and this one had a surprisingly large number of old siliceous tombstones for a Cotswold site, boosting the chance of picking up a large number of species.

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