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Fern enough, weeding with weevils!

Azolla is one of the most invasive plants in the UK today. Capable of doubling its size in warm weather, water fern (aka, Azolla filiculoides) can quickly form dense mats of … Continue reading

May 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

Muntjac, a deer problem …

Muntjac deer (Muntiacus reevesi) are one of the oldest known deer species, first appearing 15-35 million years ago. Originating in Asia, they were introduced in the 1900s by John Russell … Continue reading

April 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Community Biodiversity Awards 2015

Where are Norfolk’s wildlife heroes? The search is on for wildlife heroes working to make a difference for nature and people in local communities. The Community Biodiversity Awards are organised … Continue reading

April 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

A swift response to wildlife needs

Our Natural Environment Team Ecologist Ed Stocker and Principal Planner Neil Campbell at Norfolk County Council have recently been working closely with NPS architect Barry Andrews and The Ecology Consultancy to create … Continue reading

April 3, 2015 · Leave a comment

Invasive advances in understanding evolution

For more than a century, it was believed that the simple sponge was the first creature to evolve. However, DNA studies on the invasive comb jelly, Mnemiopsis leidyi, have revealed … Continue reading

March 19, 2015 · Leave a comment

Star(t)ling murmurations in Norwich City Centre: where have they come from?

In the last few years, noisy groups of adolescent starlings have become a feature around the Forum in Norwich City centre.  Every evening from mid-summer onwards, 100-200 birds have collected … Continue reading

February 18, 2015 · 1 Comment

Rhododendron ponticum – super competitor

Rhododendrons are another genus of flowering plants introduced to Britain by the Victorians in the late 18th Century. Originating in the Mediterranean, they were a popular addition to the parkland … Continue reading

February 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

A success story

At times, the list of invasive non-native species already established in the UK seems overwhelming, particularly when combined with the daily threat of new arrivals. However, it is important to … Continue reading

February 2, 2015 · Leave a comment

‘Stemming’ the tide of Japanese knotweed

Japanese knotweed was widely planted in ornamental gardens in the late 18th century, but has spread to almost every part of the UK, dominating countryside and wasteland thousands of miles … Continue reading

January 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

A Christmas Tree-t

‘Cos you’re more beautiful than I have ever seen; I’m gonna take this night (before Christmas), and make it evergreen!’ (Spruced up Westlife quote) Christmas trees: an evergreen, fragrant, festive … Continue reading

December 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

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