Special species: Phragmites australis

What does your own lawn or the park downtown most likely have in common with the Bothnian Bay? That there is Grass, lots and lots of grass. Strictly speaking only the family Poaceae can be called grasses with around 12.000 different species. However, other families such as Cyperaceae (sedges) and Juncaceae (rushes) have species that … Continue reading Special species: Phragmites australis

Searching for Macroplea pubipennis

The mysterious aquatic leaf beetle Macroplea pubipennis has become quite familiar to us these last two summers. Not a lot is known about these beetles. Two years ago, we didn’t even know they existed in Sweden and they were known to occur only in Finland and China (of all places). As observation sites in the … Continue reading Searching for Macroplea pubipennis

We have it, you don’t

The nature in the northern Bothnian Bay in the SEAmBOTH area is in many ways similar on the Swedish and on the Finnish side. Sure, the Finnish side is more flat and the shores do not slope as fast as on the Swedish side, but both have large river estuaries, many lagoons and bays, with … Continue reading We have it, you don’t

Special species: Braun’s stonewort (Chara braunii)

The northern Bothnian Bay is shared by Finland and Sweden, and in many ways the sea is the same. In other ways, differences occur in underwater nature between both sides of the border, although this border only is a human concept and does not affect marine life. One thing that has puzzled our colleagues on … Continue reading Special species: Braun’s stonewort (Chara braunii)