Mosses and Lichens

Mosses and Lichens on the Millennium Green

A survey of the mosses and lichens (lower plants) on the Millennium Green (MG) was carried out by Simon Davey in 1999. It was found that in general the area is little troubled by ‘ambient pollution levels’, from intensive farming practices.

Fungus at the base of the ash tree

By far the most important habitat for these ‘lower plants’ is the willow carr which runs along the stream. This includes the associated muddy banks and flushes. A good range of mosses and lichens was found associated with this habitat. The meadow provides a different habitat for these lower plants. The area to the north west of the stream has however been treated with fertiliser in the past and will have affected the range of mosses to be found. In addition several mosses, not seen elsewhere on the MG, were found on the brickwork of the dam and reservoir. Natural deadwood is a potentially rich habitat for lower plants. Bonfires can also provide suitable conditions for lower plants. No nationally rare or scarce lower plants were found on the MG at the time of the survey.