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On hearing the first cuckoo of spring – and spying that first bit of skirt…

According to Ian Skelly on BBC Radio 3, Dr M’s radio channel of choice, the 15th of April seems to be a reliable date for hearing the first cuckoo of spring (in Dorset at least!), though not many get to actually see these extraordinary and rather elusive birds.

Dr M’s Top Twenty Flowering Plant Families: Brassicaceae

Dr M moves on to this very characteristic family which is very easy to recognise – if you keep your wits about you and follow the looking and listening rules of eXtreme botany!   Brassicaceae – the Cabbage family – includes more than 330 genera and 3,700 species World-wide, including many important crop plants