Lichens are small but beautiful – the grey beards on trees, the red-tipped pixy cups on old stumps, the rings of concentric pinprick dots on stone – so many shapes and colours. This project aims to consolidate information about the 400 or so species known in the Forest of Dean and to identify key areas of importance for this group. Lichens may easily be overlooked during other conservation work and part of the objective will be to ensure that key areas for lichens are incorporated into the ecological network and that their conservation requirements are identified. But above all, the objective is to make everyone involved in the Foresters' Forest aware of the loveliness of lichens and be inspired by them.

How to Get Involved:


  • Individuals, schools and clubs can help survey lichens. Training will be given so you don't need to know anything about lichens before you begin.
  • Planning a walk? Running an art project? Contact us for lichen ideas.

If you would like to get involved in this project, please contact

Forest Voluntary Action Forum tel:  01594 822073  email:

Before November 2016 this project will:

  • Consolidate what we know about lichen communities in the Forest of Dean
  • Work with others to incorporate important lichen sites into the ecological network
  • Screen other elements of the HLF project for inadvertent impacts on lichens
  • Work with partners to devise ways to inspire people with the loveliness of lichens

Between 2017 - 2022 the project will:

  • Be involved in the implementation of the ecological network
  • Publish information on Dean lichens
  • Promote lichens to the wider public

Project lead:

Juliet Bailey, Gloucestershire Naturalists’ Society  -  email: