Quick Links 29th August 2016

Each week I’ll try and post quick links to things that I’ve seen, read, inspired me or just sparked my interest in the previous week, with a little background and my thoughts and other things that I’ve been up to in the previous week. Mostly gardening, cooking and environmental stuff but not always.

If you’ve read this blog for a while, you’ll know I love my trees. It saddens me each time I read something about a new disease that is affecting a particular species. The weekend before last we were in the car stopped at some traffic lights, and could see a horse chestnut (conker) tree in the grounds of a business park. It was a sad sight, it’s leaves all brown and wilted. As I was driving and the lights changed I didn’t really have a chance to take a proper look, but having read this article, it makes sense that it’s suffering from a leaf miner infection. It looks like a pretty bad case too.

Sadly the tree probably won’t get any attention, as the business park it’s standing in has long been vacant, and in reality the treatment is actually relatively simple.

It’s rare that I can even see the stars at night, there’s just simply too much light pollution where I live. I did manage to see some of the Perseid meteor shower earlier in the month and some of the more common constellations are visible, but I suspect that I’m missing out on a lot. This article made me wonder just how much.

The Week In Wildlife – In Pictures