Hi fellow naturalists I carried out the big garden bird watch at the weekend next to the lake. There were an interesting variety of species, on what was a cold and dull day The birds seen at any one time … Continue reading
Tuesday 31 January 2011 7.30 Bats in Wytham Wood Tom August will tell us about his research into the ecology and diseases in bats in Wytham Wood near Oxford, covering social networks, roost preferences, ectoparasites and pathogens University Library Room … Continue reading
I came across this fine specimen of Clitocybe, part of a larger larger group, in the Wilderness one weekend before Christmas, and this species was very abundant on campus in 2011. Globally, there are hundreds of species of Clitocybe which are generally … Continue reading
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When you think of a pansy, you likely think of a pretty ornamental flower found in many gardens and garden centres, probably with a distinctive ‘face’ pattern adding to their charm. Its name in fact comes from the French … Continue reading
Despite their fairly common occurrence and the bizarre composition of their flowers, members of the Euphorbiaceae, or the Spurges & Mercuries, are often over-looked on a midday walk through campus. But no more! I will teach you some obvious characteristics making … Continue reading
The buttercup or crowfoot family, Ranunculaceae which in latin means Little frog is linked to their tendancy to be found near water, like frogs. The three common Ranunculus species found on campus are grassland species and can easily be identified as follows. … Continue reading
Conopodium majus (Apiaceae) gets its common names from its edible tuber and its attraction to pigs: commonly known as Pignut but also earth Chestnut, Groundnut or Saint Anthony’s nut (patron saint of swineherds). It is a delicate and slender hairless perennial … Continue reading