Preliminary timetable

The breakfast buffet will be served at 8:00 (except on Tuesday) and dinner at 19:00 (except on Friday).

Monday, August 5: arrival and workshop

15:00 Participants will be picked up at the Pärnu bus station (How to get and Pärnu bust station) and transported to the Maria farm complex. Accommodation in the Maria farm (32 km from Pärnu).
A workshop about identifying sterile crustose lichens will be held by Dr Martin Kukwa before and after dinner.

Tuesday, August 6: a day on Kihnu island in southwestern Estonia

The ferry leaves at 8:30 from the port of Munalaid (the trip takes ca 65 minutes).
Trips on the island on foot, by bike, or by open truck (must be booked in advance) to visit coastal dunes, coniferous forests, and grasslands with erratic boulders.
Lunch consisting of seasonal local food will be served at the Linaküla campsite open-air diner.
The ferry back to mainland leaves at 16:15 from Kihnu.
Room for microscopy is open after dinner

Wednesday, August 7: a day in southwestern Estonia

A visit to the Nigula Nature Reserve: a boardwalk trail (3 km) through the Nigula bog and the bog island with an old-growth broad-leaved deciduous forest.
A packed lunch in the field.
A visit to the Rannametsa-Soometsa Nature Reserve: a trail (2.2 km) through post-glacial coastal dunes covered with a pine forest and a mire complex.
The Nordic Lichen Society General Meeting (after dinner).
Room for microscopy is open after dinner

Thursday, August 8: a day on Muhu island in western Estonia

The ferry leaves at ca 9:30 from the port of Virtsu (the trip takes 30 minutes).
A visit to thin-soil calcareous grassland (Nõmmküla alvar, a restored and overgrown alvar with junipers) and limestone outcrops (Üügu cliff, height ca 5 m).
A packed lunch in the field.
A visit to the Muhu Museum in Koguva village (the best-preserved 19th-century village in Estonia).
The ferry back to mainland leaves ca 17:30 from the port of Kuivastu.
Room for microscopy is open after dinner

Friday, August 9: a day in western Estonia

A visit to the Puhtu-Laelatu Nature Reserve: old broad-leaved deciduous forest, seacoast, and a species-rich wooded meadow in Laelatu with old oak trees.
A packed lunch in the field.
The Nordic Lichen Society dinner.

Saturday, August 10

Departure (after breakfast). Participants will be transported to Pärnu.

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