A quick account of an overdue run-in with a Northumbrian speciality – Asplenium x clermontiae Now, I am rather dreadful at ferns and for a while now having been trying to improve by tracking down our region’s scarcer species. Top of that list for quite a while has been Lady Clermont’s Spleenwort (Asplenium x clermontiae),Continue reading “An Encounter with Lady Clermont’s Spleenwort (Asplenium x clermontiae)”
Get started identifying the wild and naturalised snowdrops you’re most likely to spot in a brand-new crib sheet suitable for beginners.
A project update following a busy old year surveying the urban flora of Newcastle.
Get started identifying the naturalised cotoneasters likely to be recorded in Northumberland and several others that may occur in the future.
Get started identifying the wild and naturalised clovers likely to be recorded in Northumberland.
An account of a busy season recording for what I’m loosely calling an ‘Urban Flora of Newcastle‘. As many of you will know, over the past year, I’ve been working on a project to map the urban flora of Newcastle-upon-Tyne – a personal endeavor that I hope at some stage to publish. With 82 outContinue reading “Newcastle’s Urban Flora – A Project Update”
A not so quick account of a brilliant two days spent botanising Northumberland Wildlife Trust’s East Chevington reserve.
A quick account of a fantastic botanical outing to the famed Hen Hole gorge, one of the Cheviot’s hidden gems.
Get started identifying the wild and naturalised poppies likely to be recorded in Northumberland.
An account of a wonderful weekend on the coast taking in Embleton Quarry, Bamburgh and other sites. Last weekend, Matt and I had the pleasure of spending two days galavanting around North Northumberland and while botany was not the only purpose of trip, there was more than enough to keep this botanist happy throughout. SaturdayContinue reading “Botanising Up North: Embleton Quarry, Bamburgh & Craster”
A short account of a spring visit to the botanical paradise that is Upper Teesdale. As part of an ongoing course I’m leading for the Natural History Society of Northumbria, this past Saturday I had the pleasure of visiting the botanical paradise that is Upper Teesdale. Stopping first at Cow Green reservoir and travelling laterContinue reading “Upper Teesdale in Spring”
Get started identifying wild and naturalised speedwells in a brand-new crib sheet suitable for beginners. Find keys boring? You’re not alone. While those of us who spend our days obsessively searching for plants quite like them, for most people, they don’t cut the mustard. Indeed, they can be particularly offputting to beginners. It is forContinue reading “Identifying Speedwells”