Wednesday, 23 March 2016
Ashes to Ashes
Grave news, as it appears that a combination of a fungus (Ash dieback) and a burrowing beetle (the Emerald ash borer) are poised to wipe out all the Ash (Fraxinus excelsior) trees in the UK and Europe (www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/mar/23/ash-dieback-and beetle-attack-likely-to-wipe-out-all-ash-trees-in-UK-and-europe). This is yet another example of the problems that can be associated with the movement of materials from one continent to another. Garden centres need to be especially careful with imported trees.
Hurricane Ophelia also blew a Green lacewing ( Chrysopa 7-punctata ) into my house.
A combination of night rain and day-time sun has resulted in more Bynea blooms. The Southern marsh orchid ( Dactylorhiza praetermissa...
A study ( https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/feb/01/special-spit-is-the-secret-of-uniquely-sticky-frog-tongues-study-reveals ) has...
It is always sad to hear of problems occurring at places you have used for teaching and the outbreak of h5n8 avian influenza at Abbot...