Archive for 04/04/2013


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Provisional full-month Met Office figures for March confirm it has been an exceptionally cold month, with a UK mean temperature of 2.2 °C.

This is 3.3 °C below the 1981-2010 long-term average for the month, and ranks this March as joint second coldest (with 1947) in our records dating back to 1910. Only March 1962 was colder, with a record-breaking month mean temperature of 1.9 °C.

In an unusual turn of events, this March was also colder than the preceding winter months of December (3.8 °C), January (3.3 °C) and February (2.8 °C). This last happened in 1975.

Looking at individual countries, the mean temperature for England for March was 2.6 °C – making it the second coldest on record, with only 1962 being colder (2.3 °C). In Wales, the mean temperature was 2.4 °C which also ranks it as the second coldest recorded – with only 1962 registering a…

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The Fynbos Physician

Fynbos is an incredibly diverse and extremely threatened vegetation type found in the Cape Floristic Region the smallest of the ‘Floral Kingdoms’. I am posting Sean Privett’s explanation of what fynbos is from the excellent site www.fynboshub.co.za – have a look at it to find out more about Fynbos…

What is fynbos?

Posted on August 1, 2011 by SeanP

Fynbos is the name given to the hard leaved (sclerophyllous) shrublands and heathlands found in the coastal plains and mountains of the south western and southern Cape of South Africa.The name is derived from the Dutch word fijnbosch meaning

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