OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAs part of the Edinburgh Living Landscape (ELL), the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is exploring Lichens as Air Quality Indicators.

This is a joint project between The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) Natural Talent traineeship scheme (funded by the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation) and the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE).

Frances Stoakley – is the 2015 Natural Talent Trainee based at the Botanic Garden. Under the mentorage of Dr Christopher Ellis and other RBGE staff she is gaining expertise in the taxonomy of lichens.   As part of ELL Frances is also developing community engagement resources and activities which use lichens as air quality indicators to engage local people within the city with the air quality of their local neighbourhoods.

Follow her TCV Natural Talent blog.

Follow the Natural Talent Traineeship Facebook page.

Find more information on Edinburgh Living Landscape here.


Map of Lichen Survey Sites

Click on the markers below to find out more about the lichen survey

  • The Wee World of Lichens Trail: 3 Azalea Lawn
  • What exactly is a lichen?
  • Let us know how it went! Feedback on Lichens Air Pollution Survey
  • #myurbanlichen
  • Lichens & Air Pollution
  • Lichens - Making the Invisible Visible - An Air Pollution Survey
  • Street furniture
  • Happy Hypocenomyce & Dog lichens
  • Out in the sticks
  • On the Bobby's watch
  • With the cherry blossom comes the spring
  • Surveying by the sea
  • Air pollution & nutrient enrichment
  • Cars, lorries, planes, buses and lichen surveying
  • Pollution and Pests?
  • Once is not always enough
  • Exterminate, exterminate! – a portal into another world
  • Air quality monitoring - a view from the inside
  • The journey begins

List of Sites