Lichen is a good environmental indicator

February 10, 2008 at 1:27 pm | Posted in Air Quality, Biology, Botany, Environment, Lichen, Moss, My photos, Nature, Photography, Windsor, Windsor Great Park | Leave a comment

Lichen and moss on bark in Windsor Great Park 10 February 2008

This lichen is on a tree in Windsor Great Park near Cranbourne, about three miles west of Windsor Town Centre. The more abundant and unconstrained (leafy or hairy) a lichen is, usually the more sensitive it is to air quality. The names of these fungi and algal combinations are not familiar to me, but I do like to take notice—along with good deep breaths of fresh air—when there is some spectacular lichen about!

You’ll find more info on lichens and air quality here, and I shall look back at photos from California and show you some lichen from the Bay Area …


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