Tim CG Rich

Wild about Asparagus

Their faces screwed up a little and we could see that they did not really like the taste: it was a little bitter. Fortunately, the Wild Asparagus spears which we fed to the Biodiversity Action Plan group from cultivated plants were only small, and the group much preferred the larger, scrumptious Garden Asparagus plants which

Wildlife reports

February’s wildlife reports highlight the first record of a Great Blue Heron, increasing reports of Short-winged Cone-heads along north-west coast of England, the difficulty in surveying Ministry of Defence land, the usual roundups of news on mammals, flies, cetaceans, and much more.

Wildlife reports

April’s wildlife reports cover the decline of the lichens known as ‘The Breckland Rarities’, the eradication of the Ruddy Duck, the impacts of the introduced Rosemary Beetle, the usual roundups of new on arachnids, moths, cetaceans, and much more.

Wildlife reports

August’s wildlife reports highlight the first time Bee-eaters have bred in Britain since 1955, an addition to Scotland’s fly list, what lichens were used in Prince Charles’ floral wreath, the usual roundups of news on butterflies, dragonflies, flowering plants, and much more.

Wildlife reports

December’s wildlife reports highlight an increase in the Teesside colony of Common Seals, more booming Bittern males have been heard, concerns for the Slow Worm, the usual roundup of news on dragonflies, fungi, flies, and much more.

Wildlife reports

April’s wildlife reports highlight Foot-and-mouth disease, wintering Firecrests, using lure traps to attract day-flying moths, a news update on butterflies, flowering plants, lichens, and much more.

Wildlife reports

August’s wildlife reports highlight the impact of introduced Hedgehogs in South Uist, a never been seen before bee-fly found in the Cotswolds, a good season for the White-legged Damselfly, a roundup of news on birds, lichens, butterflies, and much more.

Wildlife reports

December’s wildlife reports feature the arrival of Waxwings, the findings from the National Moth Night, a new journal Field Mycology, a roundup of news on butterflies, flowering plants, flies, and much more.

Wildlife reports

April’s wildlife reports feature the identification of a Bearded Seal by birdwatchers, a survey on Barn Owls, the protected fungi Royal Bolete, a roundup of news on birds, dragonflies, plants, and much more.

Wildlife reports

August’s wildlife reports highlight the worrying decline of House Martins, rare and endangered lichens in Britain, a good year for adult Privet Hawkmoths, a roundup of news on plants, mammals, dragonflies, and much more.

Squaring the Circles – bias in distribution maps

Naturalists have been avidly recording plants and animals in Britain for centuries. The records are usually presented as 'dot' distribution maps (e.g. Perring & Walters 1962; Sharrock 1976; Harding & Sutton 1985; Arnold 1993), which are widely used for biogeography or assessing conservation status. However, after ten years of research and attempts to interpret the

Wildlife reports

December’s wildlife reports feature the results from a study on changes to the British Badger populations, an increase in Purbeck mason-wasp sites, a wonderful start to the season for fungi, a roundup of news on birds, lichens, butterflies, and much more.

Wildlife reports

June’s wildlife reports highlight the Agile Frog has spawned at its last know natural site in Jersey, bryophytes put forward for the Biodiversity Action Plan, some records of the Rufous Grasshopper which need to be supported, an update on birds, butterflies, flies, and much more.

Changing Fortunes – the BSBI Monitoring Scheme

The Atlas of the British Flora (Perring & Walters 1962) was a milestone in British botany, and most naturalists will be familiar with it as a basic reference souce for phytogeography and plant conservation for over 30 years. It showed for the first time the distributions of plants in 10-km squares across Britain and Ireland, allowing correlations

Wildlife reports

August’s wildlife reports feature unusually large numbers of sightings of Minke Whale throughout May, the recently published Atlas of Dragonflies of Britain and Ireland, the ‘Newbury Bypass Snail’, the usual roundup of news on birds, lichens, moths, and much more.

Wildlife reports

December’s wildlife reports highlight a Pine Marten sighting on the borders of North Yorkshire, fears surrounding the non-native Bullfrog and Red-eared Terrapin, a new recorded location of the Lesser Earwig, a news update on dragonflies, lichens, bees, and much more.

Back from the Brink – Conserving our Rarest Flowering Plants

The latest revision of the Red Data Book for wild flowers will list some 340 species which it characterists as ‘rare’, ‘vulnerable’ or ‘endangered’ – roughly one quarter of the British flora. That is not in itself an indication that anything is wrong. There are perfectly natural reasons why some species will always be rare:

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