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Stories published to the Edinburgh Living Landscape site

Jul 122016
Wildlife Gardening Question Time

  Photos courtesy of Rob Jones As part of BBC RAdio 4 Gardeners Question Time at the Botanic Garden, Edinburgh Living Landscape (ELL) hosted a similar sideshow on wildlife gardening with a panel from Buglife- Suzie Burgess, City of Edinburgh Council Biodiversity Officer -Susan Falconer, Anthony McCluskey from Butterfly Conservation Scotland and Susan Davies Director […]

Jun 102016
Bat recordings yield new Garden bat records

  Leonie Alexander of Edinburgh Living Landscape writes: One of the best times to visit the Garden is after hours and on three recent consecutive nights I came through the locked gates around 8.00 p.m. carrying some pretty specialised equipment. The first night I was all alone in the Garden and made my way to […]

Jan 202016
Street furniture

How a particularly grand piece of street furniture such as this one has not been captured on Google Maps I do not know… Almost invisible to the casual viewer eye with it’s coffee coloured exterior this Automatic Air Monitoring Station blends right in against a back drop of the beautiful honey coloured buildings of the […]

Jun 162015
Out in the sticks

A train and bus ride see me heading out west to a air pollution monitoring station out on the edge of a small town.  My bus stop is the last before open countryside…I’m helpfully informed by a local resident that the area  – Coneypark comes from ‘coney’ the old Scottish name for rabbit.  I don’t […]

Jun 162015
On the Bobby's watch

Surveying in Alloa as part of my project Lichens as Air Quality Indicators led me to a local police station. This is not my first encounter with the police whilst surveying (See blog from Linlithgow  – coming soon) The air pollution monitoring station is situated on the Alloa Ring Road, and according to Scottish Air […]

Jun 162015
With the cherry blossom comes the spring

Under a glorious canopy of blossom I find the Stirling’s automatic air pollution monitoring station, (part of the Automatic Urban & Rural Network).  A rather battered looking station, but touched by the beauty of overhanging laden boughs.  Unfortunately my previously trusty camera suddenly decided to totally give up the ghost and left be bereft and […]

May 112015
Surveying by the sea

  Situated next to the theatre, this is quite a pleasant spot to be surveying in. I’m at the heart of the Musselbrough hustle and bustle, yet within just a couple of minutes walk I am able to take a break and have my lunch by the sea side. Situated directly next to several busy […]

May 112015
Air pollution & nutrient enrichment

Some sites are very quick to survey.  Unfortunately this isn’t a good thing.  It’s quick only because there are literally NO LICHENS to survey. Trees surveyed in this area are bare of lichens probably due to both historic and current high levels of air pollution, which negatively effect the natural distribution of lichens. In the […]

Apr 172015
Lichens as Air Quality Indicators

As part of the Edinburgh Living Landscape (ELL), the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is exploring Lichens as Air Quality Indicators. This is a joint project between The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) Natural Talent traineeship scheme (funded by the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation) and the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE). Frances Stoakley – is the 2015 Natural Talent […]

Apr 152015
Cars, lorries, planes, buses and lichen surveying

  With the help of the brilliant Lothian Buses journey planner I travel by bus today. Surely it’s one of the hottest days of the year so far.  Arriving at my destination, Queensferry Road, Edinburgh, the intense warmth of the sun is being reflected back at me from pavements, buildings, walls, cars and bus windows. […]