Plantlife Looking Out for the Small Things (LOST)
Bryophyte New Generation Botanist (NGB) Scheme 2018-2019
Plantlife has been awarded a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant to deliver an exciting two year project focusing on lichens and bryophytes (mosses & liverworts) in Atlantic woodlands across the Lake District and wider Cumbria.
Looking Out for the Small Things (LOST) is a partnership effort to further understand and appreciate these Atlantic oakwoods, alongside th e lower plants that can be found there. Plantlife and its partners will be providing a series of training events and additional opportunities to get involved, generating the knowledge and skillset required to record and manage these special habitats.
As part of the programme, there is an opportunity to attend FREE specialist bryophyte training as part of Plantlife’s New Generation Botanist (NGB) scheme, in collaboration with the British Bryological Society - the registration is now open (see link below)! No prior experience with bryophytes or biological recording is required, just a love for the natural world, a keen aptitude to learn and a willingness to contribute your new found knowledge to the project. Therefore anyone is encouraged to register, whatever the ability or past experience may be. As part of the training programme, fifteen people will have the opportunity to:
- Receive introductory bryophyte training in Borrowdale with the British Bryological Society
- Attend introductory Museum workshops at Tullie House Museum, Carlisle
- Contribute to a minimum of two bryophyte surveys
- Volunteer at a range of public engagement events
- Continue developing knowledge and skills-base with follow up support
For further information and to register: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/VK8ZQFJ
This project provides a fantastic opportunity to discover the rich bryophyte diversity found in Atlantic woodlands, whilst developing the knowledge and skill-set required for lichen ID and recording, with a group of friendly like-minded people. The registration closes on Monday 10th September 2018.