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RBGE hosts UK Australian meeting

Mark of Zorro: new pest coming soon to woodland near you?

The distinctive “signature” of the zigzag elm sawfly (Aproceros leucopoda) might conjure images of the 1940’s movie Mark of Zorro. But, it heralds the arrival of a new pest in the British countryside. Recently discovered examples of leaf damage indicate the insect has arrived in the UK and could threaten elm-dependent insects around the country.

Cartoon capers for the Capital

Green the Grey, a quirky two minute animation featuring life in Scotland’s capital and how it could be enhanced, is set to brighten our summer and inspire greater participation in Edinburgh’s natural environment.

Blitz down to the Botanics for a record-breaking day

Could you be the person to record the thousandth living species found at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE)? This is the weekend to come along and have fun doing your bit for nature at the Big Botanics BioBlitz on the Saturday, 9. No need to be an expert, just turn up and celebrate the wonder of biodiversity only a mile from the city centre!

Enter our new nature photography competition

With its mission of exploring, conserving and explaining the world of plants for a better future, the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) places importance on encouraging greater public engagement with nature. From now until the end of October, the rallying call is to take your camera out and about – wherever you are - and send the results for entry in a prestigious new photography competition.

Vital in-situ conservation revealed on Nepalese Republic Day

New partnership initiatives to protect Nepal’s globally-important biodiversity while encouraging sustainable commerce have been revealed in a keynote speech at the Nepal Development Conference, in London by Simon Milne MBE, Regius Keeper of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE).

Honoured for dedicated service at Benmore

More than 30 years of outstanding contribution to the work of RBGE – and almost 25 specifically dedicated to Benmore Botanic Garden – has been honoured with a day of celebration and recognition for Sir Peter Hutchison Bt. CBE FRSE.

Alpine Garden Society to fund trainee placement

Natives: rejoicing in artistic and scientific excellence

A stunning award-winning exhibition summoning back the linguistic beauty of nature tops the bill of the spring and summer season at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Conifer conservation boost: from Chile to Britain and back again

The government of Chile’s decision to create a network of national parks over a massive 10 million acres has been hailed as a significant boost for leading conservation experts pioneering international ex-situ management and protection strategies throughout Britain and Ireland. Within the new network, in Patagonia, grow magnificent Fitzroya (alerce), tall long-lived conifers of particular interest to the International Conifer Conservation Programme (ICCP), based at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE).

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