A walk along the top path to the lookout between Port du Moulin and Saignie Bay always gives me a feeling of ‘old’ Sark, with its wizened, stunted trees exposed to the full force of the westerly wind. On these trees are pale green/grey lichens, like little beards growing out of the gnarled old branches of blackthorns and evergreen oaks. I think the name is Evernia prunastri and it is said to have been used as a fixative for perfume, as a flavouring for bread and even for wadding in shotguns! Long-tailed tits also use it in nest making. Here it’s abundant and grows among the ivy and honeysuckle.
Posted by: rosanneguille | March 3, 2010
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