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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!

31 January, 2012

Lichen (Solenospera candicans)

It is hard to believe this lichen is, truly, a living organism; it looks just like a patch of chalk! It is an abundant lichen on hard calcareous rocks, just like we have here on most of the Dorset coast but nationally it is not common.
It forms these white/grey circular patches with a cracked centre. Often these can grow together to form large, crusty patches covering the entire rock substrate making it look as though it has been smothered in chalk dust.
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