Pick & Mix 46 – alternative beverages, dragons, nature conservation and insects galore

Violet leaf tea anyone?

Fancy a naturally occurring low caffeine version of coffee – then why not try this  flavoursome alternative?

A depressing story from a disillusioned nature conservationist or is it?

Are you good at silviculture asks Julian Evans former Professor of Forestry at Imperial College.  I was amused to see that the long-haired reprobate standing at the back of the picture of work going on at Kielder Forest was me 🙂

Where have all the insects gone? A long read – but very interesting

If you have a wood burning stove or use firewood, do make sure you aren’t putting something beautiful on the fire 🙂

Have you ever wondered about those iridescent insects?  Wonder no more

Excellent and fun guide to insect Orders from Ray Cannon

The World’s Most Interesting Insects – new book – some glorious pictures included in the review

Here be Dragons – I’ve linked this one because my late Mother came from Washington, County Durham and her party piece when I was a kid was a dialect version of The Lambton Worm. If you don’t know it, here it is by Bryan Ferry, who went to the same school as my Mum (albeit 15 years after her), but I think my Mum’s version was much better 🙂


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3 responses to “Pick & Mix 46 – alternative beverages, dragons, nature conservation and insects galore

  1. Thanks for the mention. I have to say that it’s almost impossible not to burn something beautiful if you depend on wood for your heating. If they emerge that’s fine, they go on to live full and insecty lives. But I imagine that there are a lot of larvae that you simply don’t see, buried deep in a piece of firewood.


  2. You’re pick&mixes are great! 🙂


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