James Robertson
British Wildlife 34.3 December 2022

On the move: the dynamic nature of plants

For over twenty years, James Robertson has been monitoring the population of plants on his land on Anglesey, observing how they have expanded and shifted across so-called borders between different habitats. Here, he describes the movement of these plants, discussing the influence that management has had.

I used to think that my liking for plants was due to the fact that they had the courtesy to stay still; they were all about photosynthesis and roots. I now realise that movement is as integral to what being a plant is all about as it is for any animal. For more than two decades I have been observing plant populations on land I manage.

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