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by Alexander
Tue Jan 28, 2014 6:33 pm
Forum: Weather and Climatology (public)
Topic: Flooding UK, both locally and regionally.
Replies: 24
Views: 1675

Re: Flooding UK, both locally and regionally.

About those Heckcattle, some people call them auerochs. But they are not. They are smaller, the horns are not like the real auerochs, sometimes you will see calfs wich have features of domistication etcetera. Now in The Netherlands Tauros are working to recreate un almost identical looking animal. T...
by Alexander
Tue Jan 28, 2014 6:14 pm
Forum: Weather and Climatology (public)
Topic: Flooding UK, both locally and regionally.
Replies: 24
Views: 1675

Re: Flooding UK, both locally and regionally.

England, Wales, and Ireland too - Scots Pine was native there too, but became extinct (~1600s - 1700s) due to overgrazing. That was then in upland areas. Or maybe peatbogs. And sandy heathland in lowland southern England too (Breckland in East Anglia, the New Forest in Hampshire, and the Dorset hea...
by Alexander
Tue Jan 28, 2014 2:15 pm
Forum: Weather and Climatology (public)
Topic: Flooding UK, both locally and regionally.
Replies: 24
Views: 1675

Re: Flooding UK, both locally and regionally.

England, Wales, and Ireland too - Scots Pine was native there too, but became extinct (~1600s - 1700s) due to overgrazing. That was then in upland areas. Or maybe peatbogs. Most what people now consider nature, like heathland has been caused by overgrazing, not only in the UK and Ireland but also i...
by Alexander
Tue Jan 28, 2014 1:49 pm
Forum: Weather and Climatology (public)
Topic: Flooding UK, both locally and regionally.
Replies: 24
Views: 1675

Re: Flooding UK, both locally and regionally.

Conifers wrote:
Alexander wrote:Do not forget that all these upland grass-and heathland ones used to be a decidous broadleave forest.
And evergreen Pinus forest :wink: icon_thumleft
Yes, in the north. The Scotisch Silva Caledonica.

Alexander
by Alexander
Tue Jan 28, 2014 1:50 am
Forum: Weather and Climatology (public)
Topic: Flooding UK, both locally and regionally.
Replies: 24
Views: 1675

Re: Flooding UK, both locally and regionally.

On winterwatch on the BBC they mentioned that intensive sheep farming and deforestation could be one of the reasons of floodings in lower areas. The sheep also compact the soil. So less intensive farming and more bushes and trees would be a way to slowdown the runoff. Do not forget that all these up...
by Alexander
Sat Jan 25, 2014 11:28 pm
Forum: Weather and Climatology (public)
Topic: Frost - SUB ZERO 2013/14 discussion
Replies: 227
Views: 9271

Re: Frost - SUB ZERO 2013/14 discussion

Well here in the country the northeastern part gots below zero allready for a couple of days.Also some snow there!

But here a balmy 7 C!

Alexander
by Alexander
Sat Jan 25, 2014 11:26 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Hibiscus coccineus
Replies: 8
Views: 512

Re: Hibiscus coccineus

You can get them into flower outside when you are living in just a bit warmer area and with a good warm microclimate in the garden.

Alexander
by Alexander
Fri Jan 24, 2014 4:47 pm
Forum: Wildlife and the Natural World (Public)
Topic: Sand lizards
Replies: 22
Views: 2177

Re: Sand lizards

I used to catch them them as a kid, just to prove I could do it, then let them go, but haven't seen a wild one for 40 odd years. Most of the dry sandy fields where I saw them are under tarmac or houses now :roll: What they need to do in sanlizard habitat is creating an open sunny habitat. When thos...
by Alexander
Fri Jan 24, 2014 4:33 am
Forum: Wildlife and the Natural World (Public)
Topic: Living bridges of India
Replies: 6
Views: 961

Re: Living bridges of India

Ive seen this done on a smaller scale in Queensland, but done on this scale is a feat of both ingenuity, patience and long term vision. The roots of living Ficus elastica trees are trained to grow as bridges to support people going about their business when the stream floods, looks so tranquil and ...
by Alexander
Fri Jan 24, 2014 4:30 am
Forum: Wildlife and the Natural World (Public)
Topic: Sand lizards
Replies: 22
Views: 2177

Re: Sand lizards

I used to catch them them as a kid, just to prove I could do it, then let them go, but haven't seen a wild one for 40 odd years. Most of the dry sandy fields where I saw them are under tarmac or houses now :roll: What they need to do in sanlizard habitat is creating an open sunny habitat. When thos...
by Alexander
Fri Jan 24, 2014 3:53 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Hibiscus coccineus
Replies: 8
Views: 512

Re: Hibiscus coccineus

A nice plant for an unheated polytunnel. I grow it here.

Alexander
by Alexander
Thu Jan 23, 2014 5:09 am
Forum: Wildlife and the Natural World (Public)
Topic: European bison in the wild in The Netherlands.
Replies: 6
Views: 635

Re: European bison in the wild in The Netherlands.

And here another video of those European bizon here in The Netherlands.

http://youtu.be/eH6fsR5KtW4

Alexander
by Alexander
Thu Jan 23, 2014 1:49 am
Forum: Wildlife and the Natural World (Public)
Topic: Environmental cartoons.
Replies: 0
Views: 1101

Environmental cartoons.

Here a link to some funny cartoons.

www.seppo.net/e/

Alexander
by Alexander
Wed Jan 22, 2014 8:30 pm
Forum: Wildlife and the Natural World (Public)
Topic: Wolf back in the Netherlands!
Replies: 55
Views: 3758

Re: Wolf back in the Netherlands!

I wish wolves could come back to the UK. A start though in that reports are the first wild beaver in 500 years hss been phoyographed in thr UK today. Well we get allready more then 500 beavers here in the country! They where extinct here and have been reintroduced in 1983. Now they are also found c...
by Alexander
Wed Jan 22, 2014 7:46 pm
Forum: Wildlife and the Natural World (Public)
Topic: Wolf back in the Netherlands!
Replies: 55
Views: 3758

Re: Wolf back in the Netherlands!

Well foxes are more a thread to chicken then wolves, let alone lynxes. But with a good enclosure of you chicken you should be able to keep foxes out. Alexander i wish it was that easy :) ive been doing the job for 8 years and nothing we have tried has managed to keep them out! they are very smart a...