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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!

06 February, 2015

Lichen: Graphis scripta | Nature Notes from Dorset

Until I happened to be looking in my reference book for a lichen I had seen and stumbled across something called Graphis scripta I had always assumed that the black marks one often sees on silver birch bark were just blemishes in the bark itself! How wrong I was. These black marks are, indeed, a lichen that is common on smooth barked trees but it shows up best against the pale coloured silver birch.

Read more: Lichen: Graphis scripta | Nature Notes from Dorset