April 2024

In this issue

Mink Eradication - The Speckled Footman in Britain - Identification of Wild Roses - Rewilding and Native Pinewoods - Phenology of Ashtead, Surrey - Terrestrial Nemertine Worms

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Hugh Jones

An introduction to terrestrial nemertines

Hugh D. Jones

Few people have heard of nemertines, let alone encountered them in the wild, and yet they can be found widely in damp, dark places across Britain and Ireland (and are undoubtedly under-recorded). Here, Hugh D. Jones provides an introduction to the remarkable biology, and the mysteries surrounding the identity and origins, of the three land-dwellingSee more

The phenology of Ashtead, in Surrey: a tribute to Jean Combes

Tim Sparks and Judith Garforth

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Rewilding in the Scottish Highlands – natural regeneration of Caledonian pinewoods versus planting

Ron Summers

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Wild British roses: a thorny botanical problem disentangled

John M. Warren

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An upturn in fortunes for the Speckled Footman moth in Britain

Durwyn Liley, Tony Davis, Andy Page, Mark Parsons, Chris Fox, Paul Chapman, Phil Saunders, Chris Dresh and Mark Warn

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A mink-free Britain is now within reach

Vince Lea

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in this issue

Book review: A Guide to the Pyralid and Crambid Moths of Britain and Ireland

The pyralid and crambid families contain many of the more commonly encountered micro-moths, such as the ever-increasing Box-tree Moth Cydalima perspectalis, the ‘grass-moths’ and the difficult Eudonia/Scoparia group (the scourge of many a ‘moth-er’). A large number of species in these families are naturally migratory, relatively recent colonists or have been accidentally introduced. Previously, the

Book review: Shieldbugs

Time was when birders looking for entomological diversion during the quiet summer months followed a well-trodden route, from butterflies and moths to dragonflies and damselflies. For all their attractions, shieldbugs remained a minority interest, probably because until recently there were few accessible field guides to them. Nowadays, shieldbugs and their connoisseurs are better served. They

Book review: Common or Garden: Encounters with Britain’s 50 Most Successful Wild Plants

Ask a botanist the main highlights of a particular area which he or she has visited recently, and the chances are that a cherished rarity or two will be mentioned, along with the efforts required to find it. It is unlikely that the listener will be regaled with tales of the wonders of nettles, couch-grass,

Robin Stott (CC BY-SA 2.0 DEED)

Conservation news

April’s conservation news includes a major win for seabirds arising from a ban on sandeel fishing in the UK part of the North Sea, the rollout of long-awaited Biodiversity Net Gain for developers in England, the poor state of freshwaters across the UK and Ireland, and much more.   

André Karwath (CC BY-SA 2.5 DEED)

Wildlife reports

The wildlife reports cover some unusually early spring activity in native amphibians, bees and ants, the correction of a long-held misconception over behaviour of the familiar Garden Spider, a string of major plant discoveries from Scotland during the summer 2023 field season, the insights on Irish fungi offered by new DNA-testing capabilities, and much more.

Mike Pennington (CC BY-SA 2.0 DEED)

Habitat management news

April’s habitat management news covers some innovative work from Oxfordshire on the use of the semi-parasitic Marsh Lousewort as an ecosystem engineer in fen-restoration projects. 

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