BLS Lichen Database: England 1650-20…

Occurrence dataset published by British Lichen Society

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Full Title

BLS Lichen Database: England 1650-2016


A collation of the available lichen records for sites (excluding churches and graveyards) in England from 1650 to January 2017, for purposes of conservation, future monitoring and research. Habitat and substrate information is included where available.


To collate data on lichen distribution, changes over time, and the conservation value of particular sites

Temporal coverages

Date range: Jan 1, 1690 - Feb 4, 2017

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British Lichen Society Royal Botanic Garden, 20A Inverleith Row EH3 5LR Edinburgh United Kingdom
Metadata author
British Lichen Society Royal Botanic Garden, 20A Inverleith Row EH3 5LR Edinburgh United Kingdom
Administrative contact
Dr Janet Simkin


Published by

British Lichen Society

Publication Date

May 5, 2017

Registration Date

Jan 16, 2012

Hosted by

National Biodiversity Network

Served by

NBN Atlas


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The dataset covers the whole of England, however surveys have been targeted on particular habitats and geographical areas at different times and the coverage of available records is not complete. The … more


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Quality control

The dataset has been validated and verified by experts, and also checked using the NBN Record Cleaner. However, some errors of identification or location are bound to remain. Also, this dataset should not be regarded as having comprehensive geographic or taxonomic coverage. The absence of a record does not necessarily indicate absence of the lichen. Presence and absence data should be checked against original sources before use in contentious circumstances, and specialist advice sought where appropriate.

Method Steps

  1. The dataset has been compiled from field and herbarium records, and verified by specialist review.