Feb 11 2020

Gnat’s a First for Arkaig!

An insect survey at the Trust's Loch Arkaig Pine Forest has recorded two species of fungus gnat previously unseen in Britain.   Fungus gnats are a large group of tiny flies whose larvae feed on mushrooms and fungi.   Boletina gusakovae is more usually found in Finland and Russia, and Mycetophila idonea in...

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Feb 10 2020

Line of Beauty [Broadleaf Magazine, Autumn 2019]

[from Broadleaf magazine, Autumn 2019]   Line of Beauty   by Kit Buchan   A well-laid hedgerow is the backbone of biodiversity, and the Trust plants plenty. Novice hedger Kit Buchan tries his hand at the art of hedging with expert hedgelayer Heather Swift at Smithills, and reveals how vital these ecosystems...

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Feb 10 2020

What Lies Beneath [from Broadleaf magazine, Autumn 2019]

[caption id="attachment_7067" align="aligncenter" width="335"] Fly Agaric fungus (Amanita muscaria) fruiting body under a birch (Betula) tree. Powys, Wales. October.[/caption]     [from Broadleaf Magazine, Autumn 2019]   What Lies Beneath   by Fiona Collins   A dark web lurks under the woodland floor – and we can’t survive without it. Fiona Collins talks with Prof. Lynne...

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