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Red Data books of Britain & Ireland: lichens. Volume 1: Britain 1996


This book is the first of two companion volumes, the second of which will cover the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. This volume covers the threatened lichens of Britain.

Each species is placed in a threat category reflecting the likelihood of it disappearing from the British flora. These categories are defined using internationally recognised 'Red List' designations, so that the status of lichens in Britain can be compared with that throughout the world and with other groups of plants and animals which have been evaluated using identical criteria.

One hundred and seventy-seven species, representing about 11% of the current checklist for Britain and Ireland (Purvis et al. 1992), have been selected for the British Red List. In addition, a further 187 rare species are mentioned. These are either very localised but not sufficiently threatened to be included in the Red List, or there is insufficient information for them to be allocated a threat category.

This Red Data Book is the second of a series covering lower plants of Britain and Ireland. The first book dealt with stoneworts and the third covers mosses and liverworts.

This resource has been produced from a scan of an original document. You may therefore experience fluctuations in quality and large file sizes.

Please note that this Red Data Book was published in 1996, therefore more recent information may be available. To find more up-to-date information on the conservation status of species, please visit our conservation designations webpage.

Resource type Publication

Topic category Environment

Reference date 1996··

Church, J.M., Coppins, B.J., Gilbert, O.L., James, P.W. & Stewart, N.F. 1996. Red Data books of Britain & Ireland: lichens. Volume 1: Britain, JNCC, Peterborough, ISBN 1 86107 412 3

This volume forms part of a series Red Data Books published by JNCC and its predecessor the NCC (Nature Conservancy Council). Red Data Books, or Red Lists, are an established method of determining priorities in the conservation of individual animal and plant species.

Responsible organisation
Communications, JNCC publisher

Limitations on public access No limitations

Use constraints Available under the Open Government Licence 3.0

Metadata date 2023·03·31

Metadata point of contact
Communications, JNCC

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