Botanical Highlights from Newcastle this week

A quick round up of this week’s outings in Newcastle with visits to multiple urban sites across the city. City Centre A trip into the very heart of Newcastle last weekend proved far more exciting than anticipated with over 140 species recorded. Starting out at St. Andrew’s Church and a highlight here was Wood SedgeContinue reading “Botanical Highlights from Newcastle this week”

Plant of the Week: Blue Fleabane

Entry number four in our Plant of the Week series follows the unexpected discovery of Italian Toadflax growing in my local cemetery.

Adventives and Invaders at Walker Riverside

A short round-up of a glorious Saturday morning spent botanising one of my favourite local sites. It is no secret that I am a big fan of the messy, post-industrial yet incredibly diverse riverside park at Walker. Visiting for a few years now, I’ve already amassed a fairly respectable plant list for the site yetContinue reading “Adventives and Invaders at Walker Riverside”

An Urban Flora of Newcastle – Mapping Wild Plants in the City

A short introduction to a personal passion project mapping the diverse and fascinating flora of Newcastle As many of you will know, I have a bit of fondness for Britain’s urban flora. I’m not sure why precisely, but for me, there’s something fascinating about how our plants adapt to artificial ecosystems and how species fromContinue reading “An Urban Flora of Newcastle – Mapping Wild Plants in the City”

Great sites for ladybirds in the North East

A breif and evolving list of great places to find and record ladybirds in North East England.

Plant of the week: Italian Toadflax

Entry number four in our Plant of the Week series follows the unexpected discovery of Italian Toadflax growing in my local cemetery.

Ladybirds along the Tyne – Elswick, Heaton, Havannah & Prudhoe

From the city carparks and cemeteries to chalk mounds at Prudhoe, it has been a fantastic fortnight for local ladybirds.

Spotted Marsh Ladybird, Coccidula scutellata, at Gosforth Nature Reserve

This week, I was delighted to record what appears to be the first Spotted Marsh Ladybird recorded in South Northumberland (VC67). Searching various local wetlands this year for Red Marsh Ladybird and Water Ladybird, one thing that has persisted at the back of my mind had been the possibility of finding the former’s far scarcerContinue reading “Spotted Marsh Ladybird, Coccidula scutellata, at Gosforth Nature Reserve”

Wildflowers on the web: great botany blogs and resources

Whether you’re Googling an exciting find or planning your next botanical foray, there are some fantastic botany blogs out there to discover.

Plant of the week: Forked Catchfly

For the third entry in our ‘Plant of the Week’ series we take a look at Forked Catchfly, a rare arable weed from Eastern Europe

A Quick Guide to Black Ladybirds

A short guide to some of the black ladybirds you could encounter while ladybird spotting across the UK

A ladybird extravaganza – local recording in July

With visits to some of my favourite haunts and lots to see elsewhere, July has been a great month for ladybird recording.