Monthly Hinterland Community Events
Lichen Conservation and Education / Saturday 28th May 2016 - 9.30am - 12.00pm
A chance to get down close and personal with some of the 163 lichen species on some of the best lichen beds in the UK. Local enthusiast Heather Paul will be sharing her liking for Lichens whilst we tackle clearing off invasive lodgepole pine from the area. More details here
Why are we managing this land in this way? If you want a definitive answer you would need to go to the over 100 page Findhorn Dunes Trust 2008 Findhorn Lichen Survey
or read on to find out what local professional ecologist Sean Reed had to say in an earlier article posted last year.
Dune shingle and sand dunes are very rare habitats in Europe and are listed in the UK Biodiversity Action Plan. We are very fortunate to have some of the best examples of natural coastal habitat right here on our doorstep. Our dune heaths support some of the rarest lichens in the country, including the endangered matt felt lichen.
Over the last 50 years or so fragile coastal habitats like this have come under huge pressure from industrial developments, housing schemes, golf courses, sand-winning and forestry plantations. What remains are a few scattered jewels and we have some here at Findhorn... Read more...