A Guide to the Flora and Fauna of Durham University
Wednesday, 14 July 2010
On the far south side of the University estate, beyond the Botanic Garden and bordering agricultural land leased to Houghall College, is a wonderful area of sheltered rough grassland that blooms with marsh orchids in Spring before the grasses and taller herbs take over about now. Today the area was absolutely alive with thousands upon thousands of this beautiful little insect - the Green Leafhopper Cicadella viridis. As you walk through the grass they leap and bound in front of you propelled by a flick of the hind legs.
The photograph is of a female. Males have darker blue or purple coloured wings.
Leafhoppers make a living by tapping into the sap in grasses.
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The purpose of this website
To mark the United Nations International Year of Biodiversity 2010, Durham University launched a survey by staff and students of the flora and fauna of its own estate, with the aim of ensuring that the variety of plants, animals, fungi and other living organisms found here will be conserved for the enjoyment of future generations who study at the university. This site will grow into a guide to the flora and fauna of the university that will help anyone wishing to identify plants, animals and fungi that they find on the university estate.
How to use this site
Below you will find a list of tags that link to articles posted on the site. Although the articles have not been posted in any particular order, if you click on any of the tags – for example butterflies, trees or wild flowers - the site will display all articles and photographs that have been posted on that theme.
If you would like to see a larger version of any of the pictures, click on the image.
Please note that all of the text and images on this site are protected by copyright and may not be reproduced elsewhere in any form without the written permission of their authors.
Can’t identify what you’ve found? One of these sites might help.....
If you are a member of Durham University (i.e. with a DU e-mail address) who is interested in the natural history of the university estate, and who would like to contribute to this survey, please contact one of the following: