Ponds and Purple Loosestrife

As our ponds fill with croaks and tadpoles, we talk about our latest book club offering, ‘The Wildlife Pond Book’ by Jules Howard. To go alongside, we cover a wonderful wetland plant that is also great for gardens, the beautiful Purple Loosestrife.

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Sightings

The RSPB: News: Mud, glorious mud

BBC Two – Springwatch, The incredible mating habits of the hairy footed flower bee

Tawny mining bee – Bumblebee Conservation Trust

Peat Free April

Updated Peat-Free Nurseries List – Dogwooddays

Peat Free April – Switch to peat free compost to save peat bogs & combat climate change

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The Wildlife Pond Book

ISBN: 9781472958327

The Wildlife Pond Book: Create Your Own Pond Paradise for Wildlife from Summerfield Books

The Wildlife Pond Book: Create Your Own Pond Paradise for Wildlife | NHBS Field Guides & Natural History

The Wildlife Pond Book | juleshoward

Purple Loosestrife

Oxford University Plants 400: Lythrum salicaria

Lythrum salicaria (purple loosestrife) (cabi.org)

The biology of Canadian weeds. 100. Lythrum salicaria (cdnsciencepub.com)

Lythrum salicaria – BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine

Lythrum salicaria | Online Atlas of the British and Irish Flora (brc.ac.uk)

Plantlife :: Purple loosestrife

Wildlife

HOSTS – The Hostplants and Caterpillars Database at the Natural History Museum (nhm.ac.uk)

BRC – Database of Insects and their Food Plants

Small Elephant Hawk-moth (butterfly-conservation.org)

Marmalade Hoverfly | Episyrphus Balteatus – The RSPB

Lythraria salicariae (Paykull, 1800) | UK Beetle Recording (coleoptera.org.uk)

Ametastegia (Ametastegia) equiseti (Fallén, 1808) – Sawflies

Cultivars

Lythrum salicaria ‘Blush’ | purple loosestrife ‘Blush’/RHS Gardening

Lythrum salicaria ‘Robert’ | purple loosestrife ‘Robert’/RHS Gardening

Lythrum salicaria ‘Feuerkerze’ | purple loosestrife ‘Feuerkerze’/RHS Gardening

Lythrum salicaria ‘Morden Pink’ | /RHS Gardening

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