Monthly Archives: November 2013

Speedwell – pretty, ubiquitous, and useful

Speedwell is one flower that you are never far from.  Not only does it grow on a wide range of habitats (waste ground, arable field margins, verges, stream banks the coast, and hedgerows.  In fact, nearly everywhere except the coast) but is also one of the flowers that will quite happily flower all year round. Continue reading

The British Ecological Society strut their stuff about Biodiversity Offsetting – it’ll be rocking them in the aisles!

Not, on the face of it, a gripping read – but I’ve extracted the bits I think are important and made them as racy as I can.  The British Ecological Society (BES) recently met to discuss their views about this topic, which is currently a hot issue in UK conservation.  The main points I took out of their summary report were: Continue reading

Why people my age can’t create a wild flower meadow Part 3, the reasons why

In the previous two posts of this series I have explained what we considered a meadow to be, and how they are different to collections of pollinating plants.

So why can’t someone my age (57, since you ask) create a wild flower meadow? Continue reading

Why people my age cannot create a wild flower meadow, Part 2, featuring the issue of ‘meadow’ seed mixes

In Part 1 of this series I outlined our view of what a meadow is, which is a flower rich grassland on neutral soil that is cut for hay and then grazed later in the season.  In this post I’m going to say a little about the flora of hay meadows and meadow seed mixes. Continue reading