European heathlands

What are heathlands Strictly speaking, heathlands are landscapes characterised by dwarf shrubs of the botanical family Ericaceae. However, the range of soil and weather conditions in which they are found and their rich association of wildlife make them much more than that. This is the proposed definition of lowland heathland: “Lowland heathland is characterised by …

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Beautiful British flora

Plants: Introduction Different types of plants make up the British flora – land plants such as ferns, mosses, flowering plants and more. Some are green and contain chlorophyll. This enables plants to capture light energy which they use to produce food – sugar, starch and other carbohydrates. Without sources of food, most life on earth …

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Nature friendly gardening tips

Brighten your garden with flowers that provide pollen and nectar for bees, butterflies and other insects all year round. Many garden plants are as good for wildlife as wild flowers, like aubrieta and flowering currant for spring, buddleia, lavender and thyme for summer and sedum, Michaelmas daisy and hebe for autumn. Have a variety of …

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Geological history of England

This article provides a broad geological history for England. It is divided into geological Periods. For each Period the geography, environment and climate are described, key geological events are outlined and the typical rocks and landscapes we see today are highlighted. Period name | Age Quaternary | Present – 1.8 million years ago Neogene | …

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Bedfordshire and Luton geology

Overview Like the adjacent counties of Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire, the geology of Bedfordshire is relatively simple and is reflected in observable changes in the landscape from north to south. Bedfordshire is located on the northern edge of the London Basin, with the oldest rocks being found in the north of the county and progressively younger …

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