Challenging Habitat Blog

Outdoor Daily

Lilac. Every year I welcome its flowers, not because I particularly like it – I don’t, in spite of their sweet scent – but because it reminds me of my friend Petra’s birthday in mid-May. Only it is… Read More

Metal mine waste tailings dam in Nova Scotia, Canada

‘Toxic’ Places

Following on from writing about mining waste as a challenging habitat for plants (see ‘First Arrivals‘), I want to provide you with the means to make sense of the contamination present in the historic metal mining landscape in Southwest… Read More

First Arrivals

  If epiphytes were people, we would call them clever strategists. I guess this holds true for any organism that manages to occupy a hostile corner, but I am fascinated by life forms that grow on toxic substrates. In this… Read More