Tuesday 16 March 2010

What on Earth? Biodiversity Week

If you have a plant, flower, insect, bird or animal in your garden that you are struggling to recognise, this week you can get some help and also be sent a free pack of seeds to encourage wildlife into your garden.

Biodiversity Week runs until March 21 and as part of it people are invited to send photos of anything unusual they see in their garden to the What on Earth? website.

The website says:
"British biodiversity is currently under threat, with thousands of our plants and animals facing habitat destruction and homelessness. What on Earth is a call-to-action to identify as many plants and animals as possible in UK parks, gardens and hedgerows."
You can upload photos of any plant, fungi or creature to the site, together with details of where you saw it, and scientists will try to work out what it is. You can also browse pictures that other people have uploaded and find out more about them. Everyone taking part will be sent a biodiversity information pack and some seeds, while stocks last.

For more details, visit http://www.whatonearth.org.uk/

The photograph above shows green alkanet growing in my garden, which I had trouble identifying back in 2008. To see my post on the subject, visit: http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2008/05/identifying-wildflowers.html

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