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I have been interested in nature for most of my life but since I retired I spend as much time as I can exploring the nature reserves and wildlife hotspots of my adopted home, Dorset in southern England. Whilst out I record what I see and take snaps where I can (I am no photographer!) and that forms the basis of my Nature of Dorset website. When I find something new I like to research it and write about it in my nature notes, it is how I learn and hopefully you might find my notes helpful as well!

This website is for the people of Dorset interested in wildlife and for people from elsewhere interested in the wildlife of Dorset!

21 January, 2012

Lichen (Lecidella eleaochroma)

I always think that this lichen looks like a child has been drawing with a pencil on the bark of the tree (purely as my drawing ability is so poor and it looks my attempt at drawing but would not want anyone to know!). The lichen forms a crust on the bark of a tree and have blackish edges which merge together to form a larger mass giving the impression continuous wiggly lines. In the centre of each distinct area there are black specs, some more pronounced than others.
Pretty common in south western Britain it grows on all kinds of trees and also on fences. It shows up best on the light coloured, smooth bark of willows and Sallow as well as Silver Birch. It is quite common if you take the trouble to look for it!
Find out more about the nature of Dorset at my website www.natureofdorset.co.uk