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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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10 April, 2015

Lichen: Lecanora chlarotera | Nature Notes from Dorset

A smoothish, grey background (the thallus) with reddish brown discs (the apothecia) growing on tree bark indicates that this is almost certainly Lecanora chlarotera.
This is a very common crustose lichen and is widespread and common on smooth, nutrient-rich tree bark, both trunks and branches and it is a characteristic early coloniser of young, planted, semi-urban trees, as in supermarket car-parks. [ http://www.lichens.lastdragon.org/Lecanora_chlarotera.html]. It can also be frequently found on fences and timber. 

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