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“More Than Weeds” – an update for BSBI Annual Exhibition Meeting

EDIT: The video of my talk is now available on BSBI's Youtube page! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PKdJT1xfoAU One year after launching "More Than Weeds" , I will be presenting an update about the project at the Annual Exhibition Meeting of the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland, tomorrow at 11:20am. There will also be a virtual exhibit if … Continue reading “More Than Weeds” – an update for BSBI Annual Exhibition Meeting

The flora of London’s pavements, a talk on October 15

I gave a talk on the flora of London's pavements on Thursday, October 15, as part of London Natural History Society's series of Virtual Natural History Talks. The pavements and tree pits of London are home to hundreds of plant species. Often dismissed as “weeds”, these plants form a key part of urban biodiversity, supporting … Continue reading The flora of London’s pavements, a talk on October 15

More than Weeds inspiring other initiatives around the world

Since the Guardian article was published, I have received many emails from readers abroad, who've been inspired to go and look for plants in their own cities. Some have taken their chalk sticks and started chalking names too, which is fantastic! In Germany, the hashtags #MehralsUnkraut und #Krautschau (literally "Weed show") are becoming popular: https://twitter.com/BSGGoettingen/status/1257316666129575944Continue reading More than Weeds inspiring other initiatives around the world

Our rich and diverse urban flora: an exciting study from Paris

Results of an exciting new study, focusing on the flora of the Paris area have been published. The aim of the study was to better understand the "filters" that allow some species to establish successfully in our cities (while other plant species may fail to establish). These filters can be environmental (cities pose challenges such … Continue reading Our rich and diverse urban flora: an exciting study from Paris