Saturday, 21 October 2017

Saturday quiz

Think you know your wild flowers? How about these then? They’re wild flowers, illustrated beautifully in the Oxford Book of Wild Flowers, published in 1960.

Botanical illustration

If you know all six of them, tweet us @wildflower_hour, post them in the comments below or join in on our Facebook page. Answers tomorrow.

from #wildflowerhour

Friday, 20 October 2017

This Halloween meet the Farley Hill witch and the Bull Inn spectres

There are plenty of creatures and ghosts to see in Berkshire

from getreading - Berkshire History

Challenge: The Winter Ten

There’s plenty of rubbish out there about how the nights are drawing in and the worst season is coming along. Yes, yes, winter’s coming and all that, but that doesn’t mean you have to stop botanising. It’s just a different sort of challenge.

Every week in the spring and summer, we’ve been running different #wildflowerhour challenges to encourage you to go looking for new flowers, in new habitats and in different ways. But though the meadows are turning russet and ochre, there are still flowers out there to find.

So our weekly winter challenge is #thewinter10 which is to find ten different wild flowers in bloom each week. Once you’ve found them, work out what they are, and post them for the rest of us to see.

You can do this on Twitter using the usual #wildflowerhour hashtag, but adding #thewinter10, and numbering your tweets so that we can see that you reached 10. Or you can post all 10 at once in our Facebook group.

This will give us a picture of what’s still flowering as the days grow colder and shorter, and encourage all of us to get off the sofa and get out into what remains the great outdoors all year round: the only difference is that you’ll want to wear a coat and gloves.

from #wildflowerhour

Armed robbery suspects arrested in Burghfield

Money was stolen from a security office in Oxford after staff were threatened with a knife on Friday, October 20

from getreading - Reading & Berkshire News

Shock at Reading Station as independent ice cream shop closes

The popular Reading railway café closed on Tuesday

from getreading - Reading & Berkshire News

Fireworks and Bonfire Night displays in Berkshire 2017

Find out where you can attend a bonfire night and fireworks display in Reading, Bracknell and Wokingham in 2017

from getreading - Reading & Berkshire News

Illegal worker at Reading restaurant changed clothes and pretended to be a customer

Council bosses and police have also revealed a host of other licence breaches, as well as hygiene and fire safety concerns at the China Palace

from getreading - Reading & Berkshire News