Country diary: goldeneye lichen's quiet resurgence

The Guardian - 03-16


Tiny orange cups, no more than 3mm wide, cluster inconspicuously near the tip of a gnarled hawthorn twig. The rims are fringed with hairy cilia, curving like diminutive eyelashes. These structures are the apothecia, the fruiting bodies, of goldeneye lichen, a rare species now re-colonising the south coast of England after an absence of more than a century.