The aptly titled text ‘The Lichens of Great Britain and Ireland’ has been published (May 2009). This is the second edition; the last edition, published in 1992 was titled ‘The Lichen Flora of Great Britain and Ireland’. After much discussion the term ‘flora’ was dropped from this new edition. It is a much needed update due to the still growing advances in lichenology in the last 17 years. Over 385 new species have been added with many species names updated to reflect current taxonomic changes. It describes 327 genera and 1873 species in 1046 pages. Terminology is clearly defined with beautiful illustrations by Alan Orange. Lichen descriptions are wonderfully clear. It is now almost impossible to write a description of a lichen without being directly influenced by this book.
It is available directly from Richmond Publishing Co. Ltd, phone 0044 1753 643104 (from Ireland). They accept Credit Cards. Price £65 plus postage or £45 to British Lichen Society members.