Last two weeks I have been quite busy with a second “Bramble Transect”. Last year, I sampled bramble vegetation along a 100 km transect through the Dutch provinces of Overijssel, Drenthe and Frieland, and last week I started a similar transect through the province of N-Brabant. This research is part of my PhD project. What I want to figure out is the relation between the regional bramble diversity and the bramble diversity in bramble scrubs. It’s quite hard labour, but it’s fun also! Up to now, I found about 17 of the 200-something Dutch bramble species in this second bramble transect. In the photos two of the more common species: Rubus plicatus (the frozen one), and Rubus nessensis.

Apart from making vegetation descriptions, I make shadow profiles from every scrub. This is quite easy with a so-called ‘horizontoscope’. I use the one called ‘Solar Pathfinder’. This is me, struggling with the apparatus….