Monthly Archives: December 2012

Collection of Radio 4 programmes on trees

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A wonderful treat for the festive season: Radio 4’s collection of programmes devoted to trees in response to the Ash tree dieback disease. The collection ranges across science, poetry, mythology of Iceland and the Scottish islands, and a programme on … Continue reading

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Nature and wellbeing

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Two very timely articles (given the situation with the proposed Alex park renovation) on the relationship between nature and wellbeing, have recently appeared in the press. The BBC article reports from the British Ecological Society’s annual meeting, where it was argued … Continue reading

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Firecrest sightings in Alex park

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Firecrest sightings in Alex park continue! A male and female, it seems. Excited twitchers from as far afield as Durham have been peering into the trees south of the pond, straining their ears to hear the high pitched call of … Continue reading

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Alex park renovation – update

If you’re wondering where things are up to, there’s an update on the concerned residents website where you can easily find out about all the key issues and view the presentation given to the council on 17th Dec.  

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The Meaning of Trees + Rewilding – nature on BBC Radio

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Check out this great 15 min series on BBC Radio3 The Essay: The Meaning of Trees. Starting with the Yew in episode 1, and moving on to Ash, Oak, Willow and coming up next Sycamore, Fiona Stafford explores the history, folklore, … Continue reading

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Alex park – a short natural history video

Whilst cycling through Alex park last week, I unexpectedly ended up being filmed talking about the natural history of the park. View the 5 min video here.

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Help identify Ash tree dieback disease

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Britain’s 80 million ash trees, making up 30% of our indigenous deciduous woodland, are at deadly risk from ash dieback caused by Chalara fraxinea, a virulent fungal disease that has swept across Europe. Visit the Ashtag website to find out how to identify this disease … Continue reading

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