Published reports


Lichens on the Web

An illustrated atlas of Gloucestershire lichens is available on-line at http://gloslichens.potsherd.net. The website is a working tool for lichen studies which will be particularly useful for beginners and intermediate lichenologists. There is a non-technical description and photos of the commonest species and distribution maps for all species.

There are about 2000 lichens in the UK, about 700 of which have been seen in Gloucestershire. The maps reveal patterns of distribution and frequency that were not hitherto evident.

The aim is eventually that all tetrads (2km x 2km on the Ordnance Survey national grid) in Gloucestershire should be visited. About half the squares are still virtually blank so there is plenty still to be done. Added to this, the lichen scene is in flux, particularly as a result of decreasing pollution levels and new information from DNA analysis. With climate change also implicated in arrivals and disappearances, it is an exciting time to be involved in lichenology.

For information on this site, or for details of the field meetings of the Gloucestershire and Bristol Lichen Groups, contact glos.lichens@gmail.com


Dragonflies & Damselflies of Gloucestershire now on sale

Dragons Cover002Copies of ‘Dragonflies & Damselflies of Gloucestershire’ by Ingrid Twisell are now available to buy on the publications page. The result of a long and careful campaign of fieldwork and recording, this publication is an important addition to Gloucestershire fauna reference works and contains much useful information about dragonflies & damselflies in the county complete with distribution maps, flight times, sites guide etc. It is lavishly illustrated with photographs of both species and habitats. Copies of the book cost £15 plus £2.50 p&p. Please note that stocks are limited.


‘GNS News’ back issues

GNS News 201403‘GNS News’ is the quarterly magazine published by the Gloucestershire Naturalists’ Society, containing articles on wildlife matters as well as news about the Society. Members of the Society receive a printed copy of this magazine each quarter. Back issues of the magazine are now available to download or read online. If you’d like to enrol as a member to receive the latest editions in the mail, along with the other benefits of membership, such as an annual copy of ‘The Gloucestershire Bird Report’ and ‘The Gloucestershire Naturalist’, which contains more scientific articles on the county’s wildlife,  click here.


Dragonflies & Damselflies of Gloucestershire TGN 28

Gloucestershire Naturalists’ Society will publish a special edition of “The Gloucestershire Naturalist” (TGN 28) in April 2016: Dragonflies & Damselflies of Gloucestershire by Ingrid Twissell, the Gloucestershire Odonata Recorder.

Dragons Cover002

The result of a long and careful campaign of fieldwork and recording, this publication is an important addition to Gloucestershire fauna reference works and contains much useful information about dragonflies & damselflies in the county complete with distribution maps, flight times, sites guide etc. It is lavishly illustrated with photographs of both species and habitats.

GNS members will receive an invitation to reserve a copy by mail together with their copy of TGN 27 which is due to be published shortly.

Non-members may apply to reserve a copy at a cost of £15 + £2.50 post and packing by e-mailing the membership secretary, at gnsmembership@btinternet.com or by writing to GNS Membership Secretary, 50 Kingsmead, Abbeymead, Gloucester, GL4 5DY.