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Project Wild Thing – Reconnecting kids with nature through film!

Dr M is particularly fond of films and the 2013 film “Project Wild Thing” is coming to Reading Film Theatre on Thursday and Dr M was struck by its aim to reconnect kids with nature through film!


The end of botany as we know it?

Dr M is leading a botanical vigil in Forbury Park, Reading and what is at stake is no less than the end of botany as we know it!


Sodden Loddon: eXtreme botany underwater

Dr M looked out of his window and notices – it’s raining again! Roger Brugge of the Meteorology Department at University of Reading, puts the recent rains in context: “after a dry start to December 2013, a total of 165.3 mm (roughly 6.5 inches) of rain was recorded in the 28 days ending on 8 January 2014.”


Fungi – the most important organisms on the planet?

Dr M put his hand deep into the warm wet webness, otherwise known as the internet, and pulled out this moist, clammy and dankly fascinating feature on fungi! Yuk!


Communicating botany to a wider audience using social media

Dr M is particularly fond of social media (at least those he understands how to use!) for communicating his passions for field botany and plant ID to a wider audience, and increasingly to young people. He was therefore delighted to find, via the Annals of Botany (AoB) blog listed on Louise Marsh’s BSBI publicity and outreach blog, a link to a great lecture by
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Mission to an almost unknown planet – why plant identification is vital to life on Earth

Dr M is researching for an article about communicating the importance and excitement of plants to young people and he came across a series of open-access lectures on the Gatsby Plant Sciences Summer School website.


You say Poaceae, I say Poaceae…

Dr M is relaxing for the festive season and offers this morsel from his table of festive botanical fare for your delight and delectation! It is never ceases to amaze Dr M what you can find on the internet these days. For example this very short scrap of a video on YouTube which demonstrates how to pronounce the word Poaceae!


Dr M’s World eXclusive botanical party game – eXtreme Carpology: The Answers (2)

Dr M wishes a Merry Christmas to all his followers! Dr M has recently announced a World Exclusive: the first eXtreme botanical party game: eXtreme Carpology! Dr M has already posted the answers to eXtreme Carpology Part 1, but the video below is Dr M’s Christmas Gift to his followers: the answers to Part 2 of eXtreme Carpology!


Dr M’s World eXclusive botanical party game – eXtreme Carpology: The Answers (1)

Dr M has recently announced a World Exclusive: the first eXtreme botanical party game ever: eXtreme Carpology! Play the game and then check the video below for the answers to Part 1 of eXtreme Carpology!   P.S. Answers to Part 2 here!


Dr M says: let it mow, let it mow, let it mow!

So, have you mown the lawn for the last time before Christmas? Well, if, like Dr M your answer is no, then, like Dr M, no doubt you can be found gazing guiltily out of the window at a scruffy, soggy mat of grasses, covered in equally soggy, manky leaves and praying for snow to hide it all away!