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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!

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27 February, 2015

Lichen: Caloplaca heppiana | Nature Notes from Dorset

Lichens are a headache for me when it comes to naming them. I think they are fascinating organisms but have they a structure and accompanying language all of their own which I struggle to understand! There are several of these orange, crusty ones so I have to use all the powers of deduction I have to try and make an educated assessment of what each is and, as far as I can tell, this is Caloplaca heppiana.
Caloplaca heppiana is very common on calcareous rocks rather than bricks (see Candelariella aurella) and forms even, closely compressed oval shapes with large orange disks in the centre. 

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