ID guides to lichens and mosses published

New keys to more than 50 species of mosses and lichens most commonly found growing on fruit trees have been released today.

The fully-illustrated guides, developed by OPAL East of England in collaboration with the Field Studies Council, cover species local to eastern England, but many are also found throughout the UK.


About lichens and mosses in orchards


Orchards – groups of trees cultivated to produce food – have a long history in the British Isles, which may stretch back as far as the Neolithic period.

The recognition of traditional orchards as biodiversity hotspots led to the creation of a Habitat Action Plan for orchards in 2007, and they are of increasing interest to scientists.

Lichens on an apple tree

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