Building a meadow on the cheap — Scottish pollinators

‘Building a meadow on the cheap’ is our guest blog today from Dave Pickett, Nature Reserves Manager, for Flanders Moss, Blawhorn Moss & Loch Lomond National Nature Reserves. Today he reflects on the story to create the Flanders Moss NNR car park wildflower meadow Early 2016 and the car park at Flanders looked awful. After years of having a […]

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Spring has sprung around Evolène, Val d’Hérens — Alittlebitoutoffocus

To stay sane and active during the virus outbreak, I’ve taken to wandering around the back of our chalet and it’s certainly very noticeable how the flowers are starting to emerge and more butterflies are on the wing. I spotted both an Orange-tip and a Camberwell Beauty, but both were too quick for me to […]

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Virus lockdown could benefit wild flowers on roadside verges as less verge cutting activity, Plantlife says — Life & Soul Magazine

Wildflowers could surge and thrive on roadside verges and lawns in parks as some councils in the UK have stopped mowing such spaces during the covid-19 pandemic, according to conservation charity, Plantlife. Plantlife believes that less spring verge cutting, “a silver lining to the coronavirus crisis”, will benefit wild flowers and help tackle the climate […]

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On the road to better times — Scottish pollinators

Road verges have been in the news of late. There is a growing realisation that these areas, if managed sympathetically for nature, can be places where wildflowers and wildlife can flourish, and high on the list of potential beneficiaries are pollinators. Much of what you may have read or seen will doubtless have been centred […]

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Wild Beauty

We’re now into the early days of summer and everywhere you look around the Parry Sound area, roadsides, ditches and meadows are filled with a beautiful collage of wildflowers.  Pollinators are busy collecting nectar, songbirds are singing the joys of warm days and new life, and the living is indeed easy, and a feast for the eyes!

A Wild bunch — The Lantern Room

A little group of diminutive wild strawberries and veronica (speedwell) in a grassy area of the garden. The garden is looking particularly lush and blossom-full at the moment due in part to the cooler slightly wetter weather conditions. It actually feels more like the Junes of the old days before we begun having the very […]

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There’s a Once-a-Decade ‘Super Bloom’ in the California Desert – for the 2nd Time in 2 Years — TIME

(BORREGO SPRINGS, Calif.) — It started with the desert lilies in December. Since then a wave of wildflower blooms has been crescendoing across Southern California’s Anza-Borrego desert in a burst of color so vivid it can be seen from mountain tops thousands of feet above. Two years after steady rains followed by warm temperatures caused…

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