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:

Please complete this field, it's required. Your email address will not be displayed but it's required.

Your email address will not be displayed but it's required.

Remember my personal information

Notify me of follow-up comments?


Back to Top

Help Support Foxglove

Friends of Foxglove

The Friends of Foxglove Covert is for those individuals, families and organisations who would like to support the reserve through an annual membership subscription. Friends receive a regular newsletter and invitations to attend our various activities and social events.

More Details

Upcoming Events


Richmond Coffee Morning

Thursday 18th July 2019 | 09.00-12.00

Join our volunteers for a cup of coffee, a few biscuits and a chat at Richmond Town Hall.  There will be a raffle, tombola and a stall selling delicious homemade cakes!  All proceeds from this fundraising event go towards the running costs of the reserve.  If you would like to donate any cakes or items for the raffle or tombola please take them to the field centre beforehand or to Richmond Town Hall on the day. No need to book, just turn up!



Dragonfly Walk FULLY BOOKED

Saturday 3rd August 2019 | 13.00-15.00

Join local dragonfly expert Keith Gittens for a guided walk through the many habitats found at Foxglove to learn more about these fascinating insects. 

A minimum donation of £3 per person in advance to guarantee a place. Card payments can be taken by phone.



VIEW ALL EVENTS

Undergrowth Newsletter


Undergrowth Newsletter Winter to Spring 2019
{alt}

Read all about what has been happening on the reserve over the winter months.

Read this Issue


Undergrowth Newsletter Autumn 2018
{alt}

A busy summer at Foxglove. Read about bird ringing near and far and lots of species.

Read this Issue


Undergrowth Newsletter Spring 2018
{alt}

An update on recent events and projects on the reserve and more.

Read this Issue


View All The Newsletters

Recent Blog Posts

Blog Archive