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Plantlife Scotland is delighted to be supporting High Heels and Horse Hair and their TRANSPLANTED project.

Plants and fungi are fundamental to all our lives. Fungi are the great dustbins of the natural world and remove excess plant material. Plants provide oxygen and c...

Bogs – the Cinderella of the natural world.  Bogs really do have bad press; they bring up connotations of wasteland, emptiness, squelchy ground, but taking another look at these wet, heathery places can show them in a different light.

Bogs, or peatlands to use the polit...

September 1, 2014

As summer moves towards autumn, and grassland flowers fade, a second show of colour can be provided by fungi. Among the most colourful are the waxcaps. In permanent pasture that has not been “improved” by the addition of fertilizer or lime these little mushrooms can pu...

A Scottish bog in summer can be a haven of calm, as imagined by David Ward in his post for this blog. All too often, however, a still day means the midges are out in force.

One little bog plant, the sundew, has turned this situation to its advantage in an unusual way –...

August 1, 2014

All over Scotland our native plants are having a riotous time this summer. The long spring and summer mean that blooms have been especially fantastic this year creating a perfect welcome for High Heels and Horse Hair’s project, TRANSPLANTED.

It doesn’t matter where you...

July 30, 2014

Scotland has many different orchids from the tiny green Bog Orchid to the Impressive Broad-leaved Helleborine.  Particularly along the west coast it is possible to find one with strongly patterned purple flowers and big  dark blotches on its leaves. The dark purple pig...

I too have encountered lichens on the hills of Glen Affric. The photograph above shows Ophioparma ventosa, a lichen that I found there about 20 years ago. A synonym of this species is Haematomma ventosum, where the generic part of the name alludes to the blood-red pigm...

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