The Secrets of Plant Galls – 8th November 2017

8th November 2017 at 7.30 pm in the Lounge at Knighton Parish Centre, Church Lane, Knighton LE2 3WG

Join Chris Leach for a 50-year long gall ramble through Knighton Park, The Washbrook Reserve, Brocks Hill Country Park and the hedgerows and woods of Leicestershire, revealing dramatic changes in species profiles, co-existence of variants, false assumptions, chromatographic separation of galls from their hosts, and some personal heresies.

Did you know, for example that galls can be used to measure the distance from Leicester to Hungary, that cats find robin’s pincushion galls attractive or that some galls hop?

Plant galls montage

Plant galls are an abnormal growth of a plant in response to an attack by some other organism – fungus, bacteria, virus or invertebrate.  The growths they produce are often fascinating and colourful, and the organisims that cause the galls often have unusual and interesting life cycles, like the tongues of fire gall (top left in the photo-montage), which has two generations that alternate between hawthorn and juniper.

Please note the change of date from 15th November due to a clash with the AGM of Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust.