Modern day bonsai professional profile: Bjorn Bjorholm


Bjorn Bjorholm is one of the most known bonsai professionals alive today. He has been called the Brad Pitt of bonsai. He travels the world doing bonsai demos and workshops at all the top bonsai shows and gatherings.

In late 2013 I discovered Bjorn’s video series “The Bonsai Art of Japan” that he made during the six years that he apprenticed under Master Keiichi Fujikawa at Kouka-en bonsai nursery in Osaka, Japan.

I spent a lot of time reading up on bonsai techniques and one book after the other I just could not find any good information on bonsai. I then started to search you tube for videos. Once again I found a lot of videos but none of them helped me. That was until I stumbled onto Bjorn’s videos. Back then he called this you tube site Bjorvala Bonsai Studios. Here is on of the videos from the previous…

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Tool-kit for wader conservation


andyhayDecades of drainage and agricultural intensification have caused huge declines in numbers of breeding waders in the lowland wet-grasslands of Western Europe. Although we were already well aware of these problems by 1995, and farmland prescriptions have been used to try to arrest the declines since then, we have still lost nearly half of Britain’s breeding Lapwing in the last twenty years. Even on nature reserves and in sympathetically-managed wet-grassland, it has proved hard to boost the number of chicks produced. Why is this and what else is there that can be done?

bouThis is a summary of a presentation by Professor Jennifer Gill of the University of East Anglia and Dr Jen Smart of RSPB, delivered at the BOU’s Grassland Workshop (IOC Vancouver, 2018).

There are five key techniques in the tool-kit used by conservationists trying to support breeding waders:

  • Make the site attractive to waders
  • Manage predator numbers

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