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Himalayan Balsam

This is a pesky invasive alien, spreading in damp places and crowding out our native marginal plants. The National Trust clear it regularly along the Wey, but a few plants always thrive anyway. 11 more words

Autumn Colour

Into the Valley of Flowers ...

I can safely say that our hotel in Ghangharia was one of the worst in which I have ever stayed.  The rooms were draughty, dirty and damp, there was no hot water and the cheerful Nepali kitchen staff had a very limited grasp of health and safety.  960 more words

Keylong to Kaza, Wednesday August 17

Today certainly felt like the road less travelled – the majority of the 180 or so km to Kaza, in the Spiti valley, was on unmade roads, so it was a long and bumpy day. 1,403 more words

Himalayan Balsam: The Waterside Alien

I’ve recently been on placement with the ecology team at Nottinghamshire county council. I’ve learnt so much and I am looking forward to sharing all. So here is so info on the invasive species that I spent a lot of team working with:… 626 more words

The Science Behind The Scenes

A plant from the pit of Hell....

It’s heritage week this week and lots of stuff is happening around the country, see here for the full listings. Yesterday on my way home from work I had the great pleasure of seeing a walking tour at Johns castle in Kilmallock in the middle of the afternoon with their leader enthusiastically waving her arms and pointing up at the medieval house on the street. 943 more words

Giant Hog Weed

Himalayan Balsam

Impatiens glandulifera

This is plant which has gradually taken over large swathes of the local river banks and adjacent woodland, but it appears to have now stopped spreading, perhaps reluctant to delve into drier areas. 130 more words

Nature Photography

Riversearch June 2016: Alien invader - Japanese Knotweed

The main challenge with my Riversearch survey in June was seeing the river – since my previous survey, the plants along the riverbank. have shot up. 251 more words