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A Fantastic Fungi: new species to science

During the autumn of 2018 I was part of an ongoing survey of the larger fungi to be found in various areas surrounding Heathrow airport. Adam Cheeseman, who heads up an onsite biodiversity team, told me that whilst he’d previously seen lots of fungi fruiting they hadn’t since a formal survey began in 2015. However, there was finally lots of fungi again. I promptly made my way over to Heathrow…

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Species alert: Water Primrose

With this year’s growing season starting earlier than normal, we all need to be aware of the possible invasive non-native species that might be popping up in our reserves, parks and open spaces. Over the past couple of years, our attention has turned to a relatively new arrival in Great Britain and in London. Meet water primrose (Ludwigia grandiflora) an aquatic invasive non-native species originally from South America.

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Knotweed Undercover

By now, we should all be aware of the potential impacts that Japanese knotweed (Fallopia japonica), an invasive non-native species, can have on local biodiversity, on built structures and on our local amenity. It is important to know how to identify it throughout the year. This task becomes more difficult in winter when it has lost its distinctive leaves and flowers.

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