Lichen is formed from a unique partnership of fungi and algae, the oldest lichen specimen found is estimated to be up to 10,000 years old! Lichen can survive in outer space and have even been used to detect levels of air pollution! Beatrix Potter had great interest in lichen and wrote a scientific treatises on the subject! This was over shadowed by her later work, arguably the greatest piece of English literature of all time; the Tale of Peter Rabbit!
“Cada trozo de tierra, es sagrado para mi pueblo, cada playa arenosa, cada niebla en los bosques oscuros, cada prado, cada insecto en su zumbido. Todos ellos son sagrados en el recuerdo y en la experiencia de mi pueblo. Jefe de la Tribu Suwamixh (s. XIX)