March 2018

Rob Duffy: Sidewalk Botany Report January-March 2018

Mistletoe, West Derby (Rob Duffy)

 

The year kicked off with the New Year Survey of flowering plants of the Liverpool Loop Line, which didn’t yield much, but what was quite inspiring on a cold, wet, afternoon, to this relative fern novice, was the abundance of Soft Shield Fern shuttlecocks (Polystichum setiferum), in the Broad Green “dell”.  I posted a photo of these on the “Friends of Liverpool Loopline” facebook page, hoping the cyclists and litter picking team would wax enthusiastic.

The LCR Ecological Network

LCR Nature Improvement Areas

 

Way back at the tail end of 2016 the Liverpool City Region and West Lancashire approved the creation of an Ecological Network. The information behind this Network was in part backed up by the wildlife recording effort of the many individuals regularly sending in their wildlife sightings to us or otherwise sharing them via the National Biodiversity Network.

Dr Phil Smith: Wildlife Notes February 2018

Metzgeria fruticulosa (Dr Phil Smith)

There was measurable rain on 10 days in the first three weeks of the month – about average – after which the “Beast from the East” set in, with exceptionally cold dry easterly winds from Siberia. This unusual weather pattern was due to warm air and high pressure over Canada and Greenland, leading to a blockage of the North Atlantic Jet-stream which should bring us rain-bearing fronts in February. Researchers have linked this to a warming trend in the Arctic, itself a consequence of rapid climate change.