Jun 5, 2022 • 1HR 2M

Ep 24. Purple Moor Grass and Dr Emma Sherlock on Worms

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The Wildlife Garden Podcast
A monthly podcast on how to garden for wildlife right at home with top-tips, plant ideas and even a book club!
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In a jam packed episode we ask: Is spring coming earlier? We then take a closer look at earthworms with Senior Curator of Annelids at the Natural History Museum, Dr Emma Sherlock. Finishing the episode, a favourite grass, Molinia caerulea or Purple Moor Grass, is our native plant of the week.

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Blaps mucronata

14 Spot Ladybird

Solomon's Seal Sawfly

Plants looking good

Shrubby cinqfoil

Persicaria bistorta 'Superba'

Physocarpus 'Diabolo'


Ragged Robin

Yellow Rattle


Salvia 'Hot Lips'

Salvia 'La Mancha'


Plants in the UK flower a month earlier under recent warming (royalsocietypublishing.org)

Vulnerability of a specialized pollination mechanism to climate change revealed by a 356-year analysis | Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society | Oxford Academic (oup.com)

Biological Flora of the British Isles: Ophrys sphegodes - Jacquemyn - 2015 - Journal of Ecology - Wiley Online Library

mo-phenology-supplement-v4.pdf (metoffice.gov.uk)

Early Spider Orchid

Dr Emma Sherlock

Emma Sherlock Natural History Museum

Earthworm Society of Britain

Grasses ID

Classes for Grasses Episode 1 - Grass Structure and Anatomy - YouTube

Classes for Grasses - Episode 2 The Usual Suspects - YouTube

Beginners' Grass ID workshop

How to identify Purple Moor Grass (Molinia caerulea)

Grasses ID for beginners - Learn to identify common meadow grasses with ecologist Hannah Gibbons

Purple Moor Grass

Molinia caerulea (L.) Moench (wiley.com)

Molinia caerulea | Online Atlas of the British and Irish Flora (brc.ac.uk)

Molinia caerulea (L.) Moench | Plants of the World Online | Kew Science

Chequered Skipper | Butterfly Conservation (butterfly-conservation.org)

Scotch Argus | Butterfly Conservation (butterfly-conservation.org)

Large Ear | UKmoths

Marbled White Spot (Protodeltote pygarga) (=Deltote pygarga) - Norfolk Moths - The macro and micro moths of Norfolk.

Grow your own Purple Moor Grass

Molinia caerulea (Purple Moor Grass) - BBC Gardeners World Magazine

Molinia caerulea subsp. caerulea 'Moorhexe'|purple moor-grass 'Moorhexe'/RHS Gardening

Molinia caerulea subsp. caerulea 'Poul Petersen'|purple moor-grass 'Poul Petersen'/RHS Gardening

Molinia caerulea subsp. caerulea 'Variegata' (v)|variegated purple moor-grass/RHS Gardening

Molinia Windspiel – Knoll Gardens | Ornamental Grasses and Flowering Perennials

Molinia Karl Foerster – Knoll Gardens | Ornamental Grasses and Flowering Perennials