Archive for July, 2010

The new generation is prospering

It is not silent in nature, but the sounds are different. The birds are not singing to attract each other, they are sounding to scare us away from their nests. There the youngsters are constantly whistling for more food. It is a busy time. Some birds  already  prepare for migrating southwards. For those who stay, it is all about eating and maybe also storage some for the harsher conditions. The days are long, the chlorophyll is pumping sun energy into the biosphere to feed all the newcomers. The flowers are stretching out their colorful petals to attract pollinators to their cups of sweet nectar. The pollen transportation system is the starting of new seeds and next summers display of flowers. Some seeds fill our baskets on the walk, blueberries, raspberries and wild strawberries. Let your youngsters enjoy together with all kids out there!

Wild strawberries in Norrtälje, Sweden. image courtesy: Kim Koblet

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The meadows treasures

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010 | Environment Update | No Comments

It is now they should be enjoyed in all their beauty – the meadows.  A richness in biodiversity originating from centuries of human- nature interactions through small-scale farming in Sweden. The shrubs and grasses are kept away by grazing cattle or hay-making by hand or machines. This creates beautiful rolling landscapes with scattered trees and a tremendous richness in flowering herbs. Besides spring flora, July is the time when the flowers explode in colors, yellow, red, purple, white, blue, pink and everything in between. Sometimes as as 60 herbs can be found in one single square meter.  Before this fed the cattle during late summers and in wintertime, today these lands are usually managed within nature conservation. August 7th it is the day of the meadows and many volunteers from the Swedish Society of Nature conservation are out hay-making.  Until then the flowers are there to be enjoyed by us and their pollinators.

A Swedish meadow i July. image courtesy Sara Borgström

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