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Lichen Walk

Multiple times: 17 June 2021
On the shore, Achnacloich, IV46 8SB
Free but ticketed

A close-up of lichen using a hand lens

Join botanist Nick Hodgetts on a lichen walk at Achnacloich, exploring native lichen around the woodland and the shore, and discussing the symbiosis and physiology of lichen species, inviting us to reflect upon our own interspecies bonds. Bring your questions for Nick! Hand lenses will be provided for a closer look at the lichen.

Nick Hodgetts is a local botanist specialising in mosses, liverworts and occasionally lichens. After gaining degrees at London and Reading universities, he worked in local wildlife trusts and governmental conservation agencies before becoming a self-employed consultant in 2001 and later moving to Skye, where the mosses, liverworts and lichens are amazing. Since then, he has contributed numerous surveys to conservation projects and developments such as small-scale hydro schemes. Nick has broader interests in music, literature, wild places and the relationship between science and religion. However, most of his spare time is spent doing family stuff with his wife Gill, children and grandchildren, and attempting to grow vegetables.

Free, spaces limited, all ages, no pets, booking essential


17th June: 11am ↗ 17th June: 2pm ↗ 17th June: 5pm ↗


Access info: dress for the weather and bring midge protection. The walk begins on the shore at Achnacloich, part way round the Ord/Tarskavaig loop road off the A851 here. The walk takes place over an uneven and sometimes slippy shoreline and gradually sloping ground. Please wear suitable footwear, dress for the weather and bring midge protection.

Parking: there is limited parking on the machair and rough road surface at the beginning of the walk, a member of our team will be on hand to direct you. Where possible and if safe to do so please consider car sharing in household groups, or walking if you live nearby.

General information

There will be a mobile phone, first aider, first aid kit, water and blankets available at all locations, please ask a member of the team if you need anything or feel unwell at any point.

A Portable Hearing Loop is available at all events. Please speak to a member of staff at the event if you’d like a discrete transmitter for your hearing aid. 2 are available.

If we can make it easier for you to attend this event or help with access please get in touch with in advance of the event/talk.

Places are extremely limited for these events due to COVID-19. We would kindly ask you to let us know if you have booked a ticket but can no longer attend to allow someone else to join.

COVID-19 Note: We kindly ask that everyone keeps a distance of 2m between themselves and those outside their household at these events. Bring along a face covering for wearing indoors. ATLAS will provide hand sanitiser and will be following all Scottish Government COVID regulations for events.

If you have any questions or concerns related to COVID-19 guidelines, email