One of Hartslock’s less well known, but still very important residents is the Downy-fruited Sedge (Carex tomentosa).
It has only been recorded in a handful of UK sites and so we are very lucky to have any at all. Even on Hartslock it is rare and restricted to a very tiny corner of the main [...]
Last week I had the fun of being part of a new BBC Radio 4 series called “In Pursuit of the Ridiculous”, with Matthew Oates, Brett Westwood and Andy Byfield. The Hartslock episode covers the conservation of hybrids and whether we worry too much about hybridisation. The weather wasn’t all that good but luckily Wendy [...]
Today Gerry & I put out the path guide tapes and unlocked the lower gate onto the orchid slope – thus marking the first official day of the orchid season. The weather up there was cold and very cloudy with a keen breeze at times. The paths are already very muddy and we are keen [...]
This year the orchid mapping has been beset by problems – not least of which has been the incredibly wet weather – but with the help of Gerry and the other volunteers we have kept roughly on schedule to complete it on time (or a little late). The only slight problem has been that I [...]