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This walk: 2010-6-30. Fox Tor Mire, Whiteworks, golden-ringed dragonfly, FB, Rock tripe lichen, six-foot deep mire !!!

Walk details below - Information about the route etc.

This page is a follow-up to the earlier walk across the mire on 24 June 2010. While we again did not get our boots even slightly wet after a long, hot dry spell, we proved that the mire is up to at least 6 feet deep in places - BE WARNED!


Golden-ringed dragonfly, Cordulegaster boltonii, on soft rush.


General view from the centre of Fox Tor Mire, looking east towards the Swincombe valley.


View back to terra firma, Whiteworks.


Probing the mire with a six foot (72") or 1.8 metre bamboo .....


Here the bamboo is poked into the mire and only a couple of inches left protruding by which to pull it out again - PLEASE NOTE !


The large isolated rock near the "FB" position in the middle of the mire .....


The rock bears a lot of one type of foliose (leaf-like) lichen, Rock tripe, Lasallia pustulata, and not Crottle, Parmelia saxatilis, as first thought.

The following photos were taken with a sample of the lichen under a dissecting microscope .....


A close-up of the pustular appearance of the thallus, this is the very thin layer that is the plant body ..... this was a dry area of the lichen .....


A similar photograph but of a wet area of lichen, note the brownish colour .....


An isolated area of very dark brown/black branching isidial outgrowth - these pieces break off and form a complete new lichen (comprising both the algal and fungal components of the composite symbiotic plant community that is a lichen) .....


Another isidial area .....


An area of thallus showing both the seemingly efflorescent isidial structures and the pustular "bumps" in the leaf-like lichen .....


A view of the under-surface of the thin, paper-like lichen thallus; the irregular black cavities are where the thallus has "bubbled up" to form the pustules seen from the top surface of the lichen.



Walk details

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