Although Scotland’s lichen communities are of international importance, they are rarely recognised. Discover the importance, beauty and diversity of lichens in Scotland in this beautifully illustrated booklet.
With our purer air, lichens here are more abundant and better developed than in many other parts of Britain. What’s more, many of the lichen communities in western Scotland are unequalled anywhere in Europe. The international importance of Scottish lichens therefore makes their conservation vital.
In this booklet, discover lichens’ place in folklore, their role in the Scottish economy and how they multiply and disperse. Find out where in Scotland lichens thrive and learn more about the challenges they face, including agricultural air pollution and global warming.