The group organises outdoor meets to find lichens and bryophytes and indoor informal identification sessions. Please let us know if you intend to come on one of the meets listed here.

Each outdoor meet usually has a trip leader who will have done a risk assessment in advance. We have basic public liability insurance cover from the British Lichen Society, but this does not cover personal accidents. We usually split into lichen and bryophyte groups, each with their own leader. Please take care of yourself when out and about – and don’t damage the environment you are exploring. We will try to obtain permission from the landowner in advance to collect minimal specimens for identification purposes. We will usually write a trip report and submit records to the BLS and BBS.

COVID-19. Do not come if you have Covid symptoms or have been told to self-isolate. Read the British Lichen Society Covid-19 Risk Assessment and adhere to the described precautions. You will need to sign in and give an emergency contact name and phone number. Do not share equipment.


DateLocationLeaderTrip report
Fri 26th January 2024, 9:30amHartsop / Hayeswater. Rearranged trip date againPeter Bullard
Sun 18th February 2024, 9:30amWhitbarrowKerry MilliganWhitbarrow lichen trip report

Whitbarrow bryophyte trip report
Thursday 7th March, 6pmAGM on zoomDetails to follow
Thurs 14th March 2024, 9:30amMollen Woods and Lower Caudbeck Flow, north of BramptonPete MartinMollen Wood lichen trip report - Mollen Wood bryophyte trip report
Sun 14th April 2024, 9:30amLittle Asby and Ewefell mire, Newbiggin on LuneGary LawrenceLittle Asby lichen trip report
Sun 28th April 2024, 9:30amDalton CragClare Shaw
Sun 12th May 2023, 9:30amGaitbarrows reserve, Lancashire (bryophytes only)Paul Ross
Thurs 16th May 2024, 9:30amSide Wood EnnerdaleCaz Walker & Chris CantSide Wood lichen trip report
Sat 15th June 2024, 9:30amCarling Gill - Black Force - HowgillsPaul RossCarlin Gill lichen trip report
Sun 30th June 2024, 9:30amLeck Beck, near Cowan BridgeClare Shaw
Tues 16th July 2024, 9:30amGrasmere to Alcock TarnPete Martin
Sat 24th August 2024, 9:30amNateby, PenninesCaz Walker & Chris Cant
Thurs 19th September 2024, 9:30amLodore Falls, BorrowdaleClare Shaw
Sun 20th October 2024, 9:30amScales Wood, ButtermereCaz Walker & Chris Cant
CLBG lichenologists inspecting a hazel
CLBG lichenologists inspecting a hazel – Chris Cant


DateLocationLeaderTrip report
Weds 18th January 2023, 9:30amNaddle, Haweswater -
SSSI Designation
Chris or Caz, 01931 713240Naddle Trip report
Sat 21st January 2023, 10am - 4pmIndoor id session at Plumgarths near Kendal LA8 8LXPlease email us if you are planning to come.
Weds 15th February 2023, 9:00amAshness woods and Lodore, Borrowdale.
Date changed again.
SSSI Designation
David FreemanBorrowdale trip report
Thurs, 2nd March 2023, 6:30pmAGM on ZoomDetails to follow
Weds 15th March 2023, 9:30amHutton Roof - CWT reserve

Hutton Roof Crags SSSI
Clare Shaw, 07827 867188Hutton Roof lichen trip report

Hutton Roof bryophyte trip report
Sat, 22nd April 2023, 9:30amBorrowdale: Seathwaite/SeatollerClare Shaw, 07827 867188Seathwaite lichen trip report
Mon, 8th May 2023, 9:30am until 12 noonShap Outdoor Festival: Meet at The Old Courthouse in the centre of Shap (Map) for tea/coffee followed by short lichen walk to playing fields and Shap churchyard. Please book a free place hereChris/Caz, 01931 713240.
Thurs, 18th May 2023, 9:30amBurnbanks, HaweswaterChris/Caz, 01931 713240Burnbanks lichen trip report
Sun, 11th June 2023, 9:30amBrown Cove Helvellyn - John Muir Trust.
NOTE: Kirkstone Pass is closed to vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists - so come via Keswick or Penrith.
Clare Shaw, 07827 867188Brown Cove bryophyte trip report -
Brown Cove lichen trip report
Tues, 25th July 2023, 9:30amHartside, Pennines
Chris/Caz, 01931 713240.Hartside trip report
Sat, 19th August 2023, 9:30amSolway - CWT Bowness-on-Solway and RSPB CampfieldChris/Caz, 01931 713240.Solway trip report
Thurs, 14th September 2023, 9:30amMallerstang areaKerry Milligan and Chris/Caz, 01931 713240.Mallerstang lichen trip report Mallerstang bryophye trip report
Sun, 15th October 2023, 9:30amDuddon Valley - Wallowbarrow Duddon Woodlands SSSIKerry MilliganDuddon Valley lichen trip report Duddon bryophyte report
Tues, 14th November 2023, 9:30amTorverContact Pete MartinBlawith Common bryophyte trip report Blawith common lichen trip report
Sun, 10th December 2023, 9:30amSwindaleChris/Caz, 01931 713240.Swindale lichen trip report Swindale bryophyte trip report


DateLocationLeaderTrip report
Thursday 20th January 2022, 9:30amThorneythwaite, Borrowdale. Parking along the track to Thorneythwaite Farm, NY24951349, with an honesty box, so please bring cash.Pete Martin, 07816686166Thorneythwaite Trip report
Sunday 13th February 2022, 9:30amCANCELLED
Burnbanks, Haweswater

Some free parking spaces at Burnbanks NY508160 with an honesty box. Roadside parking before that.

SSSI designation
Caz Walker, 01931 713240
Wednesday 2nd March, 6:30pmAGM Zoom
Friday March 18th, 2022, 9:30amBrantwood, Coniston. Free parking at Brantwood, SD311957Kerry MilliganBrantwood Trip report
Sunday 20th March, 2022, 10am - 4pmIndoor id session at Plumgarths near Kendal LA8 8LXPlease email us if you are planning to come.
Saturday 16th April 2022, 10am - 4pmIndoor id session at Gosling Sike near Carlisle CA3 0LDPlease email us if you are planning to come.
Sunday 24th April, 2022, 9:30amBlea Tarn, Haweswater. Free parking at Mardale Head NY469107. Looking around tarn if weather permits, or ghylls and rock faces lower down.Clare Shaw
Thursday 19th May 2022Helbeck Wood near BroughIvan and PeteHelbeck trip report
Sunday 12th June, 9:30amHumphrey Head near Grange-over-SandsPete Bullard. SSSI citation
Thursday 14th July, 9:30amWolf Crag parking near Dockray NY379219Clare ShawWolf crag trip report
Sunday 14th August, 10amSunbiggin Tarn between Orton and Little Asby.

For lichenologists, this is a Frank Dobson commemoration event
David FreemanSunbiggin Tarn trip report
Wednesday, 21st September, 9:30amBowscale Tarn - meet at Mungrisdale Village Hall NY364302Chris CantBowscale Tarn trip report
Sunday 16th October, 9:30amScales Wood, ButtermereCaz Walker, SSSI citationScales Wood trip report
Thursday, 24th November, 9:30amNEW DATE AS 17TH CANCELLED

Baysbrown, Elterwater
Pete MartinBaysbrown trip report
Saturday, 19th November, 10am - 4pmIndoor id session at Gosling Sike near Carlisle CA3 0LDPlease email us if you are planning to come.
Sunday 11th December, 9:30amGlenamara Park, PatterdaleKerry MilliganGlenamara Park trip report


DateLocationLeaderTrip report
Tuesday 25th May 2021, 9:30amSmardaleClare ShawSmardale Trip report
Saturday 12th June 2021, 9:30amRoudsea WoodsDavid FreemanRoudsea Trip report
Thursday 22nd July 2021, 9:30amCarrock Fell. Meet at NY353337 Map. CRoW Access land.

Carrock Fell is in the Skiddaw Group SSSI.

Lichen group is heading for the top which is partly a Scheduled Monument hillfort.
There should be lots of bryophyte interest eg on the lower slopes.
Chris Cant, 01931 713240Carrock Fell Trip report

Sat August 21st 2021, 9am
Kirkstone Pass. Probably heading towards Raven Crag below Red Screes.

We would be mainly off the path on sloping, occasionally steep, but not precipitous ground.
Caz Walker, 01931 713240Kirkstone Pass Trip report
Weds 15th September 2021, 9:30amStennerskeugh/Fell End Clouds south of Ravenstonedale, meet at NY733005 Map

This is in The Clouds SSSI: limestone pavement, with acid and calcareous grasslands, small areas of flush, pot holes and old mine workings.
Pete Martin, 07816686166Fell End Clouds Trip report
Sun 17th October 2021, 9:00amConiston Mines and Quarries, meet at SD3004097916 MapDavid FreemanConiston Coppermines trip report
Thurs 18th November 2021, 9:30amGlencoyne, Ullswater. Meet NY386188- Glencoyne Bay car park - charges apply.Kerry MilliganGlencoyne trip report
Sat 18 December 2021, 9:30amGreat How, Thirlmere

Thirlmere Woods SSSI designation

Meet at Legburthwaite car park, NY 31812 19510 which is probably free
Clare ShawGreat How trip report

The indoor meets are at the Cumbria Wildlife Trust meeting rooms: Plumgarths near Kendal and Gosling Syke near Carlisle. Thanks very much for the free use of the premises. We should have dissecting and compound microscopes available at these sessions. Free parking.