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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 March, 2015

Lichen: Lecidella elaeochroma | Nature Notes from Dorset

I always think that this lichen, Lecidella elaeochroma, 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 I would not want anyone to know!). These lichen form a crust on the bark of a tree and have blackish edges which merge together to form a larger mass giving the impression of continuous wiggly lines. In the centre of each distinct area there are black specks, some more pronounced than others.

Read more: Lichen: Lecidella elaeochroma | Nature Notes from Dorset