Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Biodiversity in Brighton

Recently, at the invitation of the Sussex Biodiversity Record Centre, I joined in a field trip to Preston Park in Brighton. Sussex recorders of the various groups have been having two of these trips each year, partly with the aim of filling some of the data gaps, and partly just to meet one another and learn more about the work that is done on the different groups. This was our first 'urban' outing.

The picture above shows some of the group scrutinising the flora and fauna around a small pond in the park's wildlife area.

We also covered two local wildlife-friendly gardens to see how these compared with the park. One of the plants we saw here was green alkanet, Pentaglottis sempervirens (see other picture) An enjoyable day and our thanks are due to Matthew Thomas, the city ecologist, who worked with the Record Centre's Penny Green on the detailed arrangements.

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