Chopped and cooked leaves were used to flavour food. The leaves were used in salads. Ramsons were used to generally promote health and aid digestions, to treat high blood pressure, internal worms and asthma. Continue reading →
So this is my third year as a volunteer recorder for the most excellent and worthy TrackaTree phenology project, which uses volunteers to collect data to be analysed by scientists. It seems to operate at just the right level of data collection demand to suit me – rigorous enough to be meaningful without being overbearing in what you have to record and submit.
But everything has a downside somewhere, and these are not always obvious at the start. Continue reading →
So I’ve had a new experience today – I was interviewed for about five minutes on BBC Radio Essex (and no, not at 3 in the morning). Radio Essex wanted to give some coverage to the RSPB’s campaign to encourage folk to let their garden lawns grow a little longer to help wildlife. This helps in two ways – it enables meadow flowers such as Cowslips to stand a chance, while the longer grass is needed by certain species of butterfly, such as the Speckled Wood. And, of course, it means that you have to mow it less. Continue reading →