Tag Archives: indicator species

Butterflies in Britain, summer 2013

Lewis at woodlands.co.uk announced the results of the Big Butterfly Count for summer 2013. Here’s his blog post about it. It’s good news on the whole. This confirms a report of conservation successes for some kinds of insect and some … Continue reading

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Big Butterfly Count

If you’re in Britain, Butterfly Conservation invites you to take part in this year’s Big Butterfly Count. This will be fun. Also it will be useful because butterflies and moths (Lepidoptera) tell us what’s happening on the land. That is, … Continue reading

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Lepidopteran of the month: Small tortoiseshell butterfly

Here’s my Lepidopteran of the Month series, back after a few months’ hibernation. You might choose to follow my ‘butterfly’ tag for other posts in this series. Today, in June, let’s admire the small tortoiseshell butterfly (Aglais urticae) which I … Continue reading

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Tree of the month: Alder

The moon was full last night. So according to my favourite version of the Ogham ‘tree calendar’, we’re now halfway through the Month of the Alder. You might choose to follow my ‘ogham’ tag for other posts in this series. … Continue reading

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Wood anemonies

Spring is late here in the Northern Hemisphere. That’s not the reason for my lateness in writing my monthly blog posts about a tree, a crop and a butterfly, but I’ll write those when I get chance. Meanwhile the plants … Continue reading

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Celebrating beneficial weeds on Weed Appreciation Day

Originally posted on Sciencelens:
Today, 28 March, is Weed Appreciation Day. Not ‘weed’ as in cannabis, but rather in the Merriam-Webster sense of the word, “a plant that is not valued where it is growing and is usually of vigorous…

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First International Forest Day

Originally posted on The Hollywood Forest Story : An EcoSocial Art Practice | Co. Carlow Ireland:
Holly looking forward, Dec 2010. Photo Cathy Fitzgerald “Making films is the contemporary art form really, essentially you can put across a lot of facts about…

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Bluebells in ancient semi-natural woodland

The Woodland Trust tells us about ancient semi-natural woodland here in Britain. These woods are precious and irreplaceble. If you’re in Britain, where’s your local ancient woodland? I’ve just realised that I’m not sure of my own answer to that. … Continue reading

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Hedgehog population in decline

Adam Vaughan at the Guardian tells us that the hedgehog (Erinaceus europaeus) is fast becoming rarer in British gardens, parks and hedges. It’s comparable to the declining populations of endangered species such as tigers. If you’re in Britain, you might … Continue reading

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History of the uses of nettles

Originally posted on changinglifestyleblog:
History of the uses of nettles Fabric woven of nettle fibre has been found in burial sites dating back to the Bronze age. A Bronze Age (2200 – 700 BCE) body was discovered in Denmark wrapped…

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