Lots of interesting Welsh nature observations.
A new book on Downy Mildews and Albugos, (White Blister-rusts) has now been printed. This group of fungus-like pathogens is often neglected but they are ideal to look for and record at times of the year when other fungi are few and far between. For example while we are all stuck at home it's an ideal opportunity to search out our back gardens for plant pathogens including some of the ones in the book. It's surprising what you can find locally; only last week Debbie Evans found the Downy Mildew, Peronospora valerianellae on Valerianella carinata within 50 metres of her house. There were only 2 previous records in Wales from VC46 from the early 2000s and it’s rarely recorded in the rest of GB.
There is no similar book available and most specialist books are very expensive as we all know. Thus, at £8.50 plus p&p it's an absolute bargain! These books are mainly self-funded and they sell the books at cost just to cover the printing costs.
One of our fellow Welsh LERCs SEWBReC have put together a very useful collation of wildlife recording activities you could use or participate in during the your time at home.
Visit the weblink to find out more.
Each Area Statement outlines the key challenges facing that particular locality, what we can all do to meet those challenges, and how we can better manage our natural resources for the benefit of future generations. They will be updated regularly and improved year-on-year as we engage with more people, gather new evidence, put forward ideas and work across boundaries to create opportunities.
Whilst meadows might be difficult to think about at the moment - and even more difficult to reach - the Magnificent Meadows team want to share some good news about two exciting areas of work; creating community meadows and restoring over 30 meadows across Wales with partners the National Trust.
Join the BSBI's Wildflower Hunt to help learn more about the wild plants that inhabit our gardens and local environment.
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