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A major obstacle for beginners entering the world of lichens is the lack of common names for the species. When lichens were used in a community they

indeed had common names such as Reindeer Moss, but these have died out. Such common names are also not accepted by the scientific community because they often refer to different species in different parts of the country. Consequently the Latin or binomial name is now used, presenting the young naturalist or beginner lichenologist with new difficulties, pronunciation and memorization.
The web site describing some of Ireland's lichens, has added in a pronunciation aid. Some of the names are spoken by a male voice and others by a female. Paul Whelan, who runs says that 'a simple aid like this adds greatly to a beginners confidence. The world of Irish lichens needs more young people interested in the group and hopefully this will make a contribution to involving people.'