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Soil sample month

by Ed Tripp, University of Nottingham

Two hundred and fifty-seven samples collected!

It took four weeks, and a good few thousand miles, but finally all the soil samples have been collected. These have now been placed in pots, and two heather seedlings are growing in each sample.

Currently the seedlings are less than 3mm high, but within the next six months they will grow slowly, to around 5cm!

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A-Level students help conserve heathland

Students surveying vegetationThe Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust will be using data collected by A-Level students on Strawberry Heath near Mansfield to see how effective their heathland management techniques are.

Heathlands are vital habitats but are in decline throughout the UK. They are home to some of Britain’s rarest and most exciting wildlife, including smooth snakes and adders.

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