Another Sunny Day!

Monday, February 18th 2013

During  their walk to complete the weekly jobs Michaela and Brian spotted a Hazel tree in the sunshine, covered in catkins.  On closer inspection they found the tiny red female flowers also out.  Another tree covered in catkins is this Alder tree.  We know it is not "our" Alder species.  It has been checked, examined and compared to books various, whilst in bud and leaf and the best identification we can achieve is that it may be Italian Alder.   Watch this space if we can get a positive ID.

Possibly Italian Alder

The male catkins are obvious.  The female flowers are the tiny brown structures behind the catkins.

Whilst surfing the net for help with ID, information was gleaned that Alders are able to fix nitrogen from the air in their root nodules.  These nodules can be quite large, unlike those of the family Fabaceae (Pea Family - including vetches and clovers) which are small.  The ability to fix nitrogen, enriches the soil so providing extra nutrients for other plants.


(0) Comments:

There are no comments for this blog post yet. Why not start the discussion? - use the form below:


Leave a Comment:







Remember my personal information

Notify me of follow-up comments?

The following question is designed to make sure you are a real person and helps us cut down on spam.
Your comments will appear here once an administrator has reviewed them.

How many hours in one day? (2 character(s) required)


Back to Top

Recent Blog Posts:

Back to where we started

Posted 20th November 2018

We've been working on burning through brash, and coppicing the remaining Willow within the first section of coupe 5 that we started work on at…

Read More

Chainsaw Work

Posted 19th November 2018

This morning was spent bringing all the net poles in from the net rides which won't be used over the winter.  We spent some time…

Read More

The Elevator Net

Posted 18th November 2018

An early decision was made to open the elevator net in an area near the bus shelter where lots of Blackbirds and Redwings had been…

Read More

A Wednesday Walk Around

Posted 17th November 2018

No moth trap again to empty on Wednesday morning due to the forecast wind, which actually seemed very variable depending upon where you lived.  It…

Read More
 
 
 

Sitemap | Accessibility Policy | Privacy Policy | Terms & Conditions |