Archive of: Plants

  • Nuts for Dormice

    Nuts for Dormice

    Dormice have a very particular way of eating hazelnuts that helps us to distinguish them from those nibbled by other woodland mammals such as mice and voles.

  • Black Poplars

    Black Poplars

    Back in 2003 we collected some saplings of Sussex Black Poplar from Wakehurst Place and with our team of volunteers planted them out at Castle Water.

  • Amazing Ivy

    Amazing Ivy

    Despite all the life it supports ivy has a reputation as a killer, its roots sucking the life from the trees it surrounds. This isn’t true

  • Blackberry Bushes

    Blackberry Bushes

    ​The Blackberry or Bramble is a member of the rose family and it is a great habitat for birds, insects and spiders - not forgetting it that it produces delicious, juicy, black berries in August and September.

  • Species Spotlight: Heather

    Species Spotlight: Heather

    The British Isles boasts one of the richest ranges of Heather species anywhere in the world, though there are three distinct and common varieties you’re most likely to see

  • Oak trees and Knopper Galls

    Oak trees and Knopper Galls

    Next time you walk past an Oak tree, take a closer look and you might notice something a bit unusual. Perhaps some of the acorns are ripening nicely but others seem to have mutated into an abnormal, knobbly mess. What’s going on?

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