Author Archives: Alastair Culham

About Alastair Culham

A professional botanist and biologist with an interest in promoting biological knowledge and awareness to all.

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.

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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 … 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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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‘.

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Are there any good photographers out there?

The campus species lists are steadily growing but we don’t have campus images to go with them. Some images are now coming in via the KiteSite app but we still have a very long vay to go.  If you have … Continue reading

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KiteSite Launched

At lunchtime today the final event of the TLDF supported KiteSite project brought together keen biodiversity recorders from across campus.  The one-year funded project has succeeded in developing a dedicated instance of the EpiCollect app to promote consistent biodiversity recording … Continue reading

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Ophrys apifera – the Bee orchid – in flower now

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Harlequin Ladybirds on Whiteknights Campus

Harlequin ladybirds arrived in the UK in 2004 and are spreading rapidly.  This week I have noticed many mating pairs on campus – some in the traditional red-with-black-spots colours but also many that are predominantly black.  The UK Ladybird Survey … Continue reading

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Campus 21st May 2014

Sometimes my walk in to work is so amazing I just have to take some photos.  Today I wanted to check on the progress with the developing reed beds that will promote greater biodiversity around Whiteknights lake.  The blue sky … Continue reading

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For more on KiteSite see SPARK*, the student newspaper: http://sparknewspaper.co.uk/news/students-and-staff-develop-whiteknights-biodiversity-app/

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