Category Archives: News

BioBlitz Highlights

What a weekend! As well as amazing weather, we were lucky to have so many enthusiastic people joining us at the first ever Whiteknights BioBlitz. Friday night saw a large group gather for the start of the bat walk, run … Continue reading

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BioBlitz brings in the crowds

Since 9pm last night the Reading Uni BioBlitz has attracted a huge amount of interest from local naturalists and from our own students.  Dr Becky Thomas has been busy organising everything from bat and moth walks to lichen and grass … Continue reading

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The Bioblitz has started

The first displays have now been set up in the Harborne Building foyer. Berkshire Reptile and Amphibian Group (BRAG), Berkshire Ornithological Club and Berks and South Bucks Bat Group are already in place. This is the beginning of a very … Continue reading

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Welcome Entry

I’m Tom and I am currently undertaking my dissertation studying Zoology. I have a wide interest in biodiversity, and would much like to incorporate that into a future career, so I see this blog as a major stepping stone in … Continue reading

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A New Face

Over the next couple of months a great deal of data will be added to the Whiteknights Biodiversity blog. This is a result of funding provided via Reading University UROP (University Research Opportunities Placement – to hire a student (myself), to … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday – Whiteknights Biodiversity!

It seems hardly possible that this blog has already run for a year. What started as an experiment to try to communicate the amazing biodiversity of our University campus has developed in to an fun interactive teaching tool to which … Continue reading

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Clearing the grotto

The Wilderness on Whiteknights campus has a management plan to help improve its biodiversity.  One of the most recent actions I have noticed is the much needed clearing of the banks of the upper section of Whiteknights Lake as it … Continue reading

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Chewed leaves on the rosemary bushes outside the potting shed were the sign of damage from the alien Rosemary Beetle, Chrysolina americana. This species is spreading rapidly through the UK after introduction around 1990.  The RHS are surveying it’s distribution And … Continue reading

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Can you help develop the Whiteknights Biodiversity Blog? UROP provides £1200 to give one student a chance to make a difference.

Delivering Diversity: Whiteknights’ biodiversity on the web An exciting opportunity to help make publicly available, knowledge of the biodiversity on Whiteknights Campus through development of a web site and enhancement of Whiteknights Biodiversity blog. Supervised by: Alastair Culham The Placement Project … Continue reading

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Biodiversity Records Collection

A question for many of the other authors of the blog! For students and other members. Where are many of the species records on campus from plants-mammals-insects including natives and planted individuals kept on campus ? Is this information all fragmented … Continue reading

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