Harris garden honey

A beautful sunny September morning set the scene for the culmination of the first season of honey production in the School of Biological Sciences Walled garden at the west end of the Harris Garden.

The honey harvest, September 2014

Visitors sample the honey harvest and admire the walled garden, September 2014

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Sowing the seeds of diversity

At 10am on Thursday morning the Vice chancellor welcomed visitors to the Harris Garden to create a wild flower space on campus with native seeds from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew as part of the Big Lottery funded Grow Wild project.

The Vice Chancellor, Sir David Bell, with volunteers at the Harris Garden seed sowing site.

The Vice Chancellor, Sir David Bell, with volunteers at the Harris Garden seed sowing site.

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Rusts affect weeds as well as crops!

Black bindweed

Black bindweed

A species of plant that is present on campus in greater numbers this year is Black bindweed, Fallopia convolulus. It has appeared in quite large numbers behind the Agriculture Buildings and also around the Harborne Building. Continue reading

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Welcome week MSc Plant Diversity plant ID quiz

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To help the new MSc Plant Diversity students settle in, and to provide us with a baseline against which we can tailor our teaching, the annual plant ID quiz is now running.  For each of 18 samples the students were … Continue reading

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Marble galls on oak

Early autumn is a great time to go looking for galls. Most have had time to develop but those on leaves are still on the trees for easy spotting.

Two of the larger galls on oak are Knopper galls and Marble galls. Paul Hatcher described Knopper galls extremely well in a blog on this site in 2011. Trees affected often seem to have almost every acorn converted to a gall. Continue reading

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Fungus – Paxillus obscurisporus

20140907 - Fungus1 These fungi are growing in grassland (both mown and un-mown) near the Meteorology Department. Most of them are under lime trees but there are also some under an oak tree about 10 metres away.

In size they varied from 8 to 20 centimetres across. Continue reading

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Shaggy Ink Caps

Spotted by the Foxhill House entrance by Dave Butlin, the edible but rapidly liquefying Shaggy Ink Cap – Coprinus comatus. There is a nice blog about the species on ‘The mushroom diary‘.

Shaggy ink cap near Whiteknights Foxhill entrance.

Shaggy ink cap near Whiteknights Foxhill entrance.

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