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Dr Phil Gates: The hidden beauty of plants

Like everything else in nature, the closer you look at plants the more interesting they become. The hidden beauty of plants explores the beauty that lies just beyond the limits of human vision, focusing on the exquisite details of their cells and surface features that are visible with a simple, low-power microscope.

Dr Phil Gates is Senior Lecturer in Botany at Durham University, a former chairman of Durham Wildlife Trust and former President of the Northern Naturalists’ Union.

He is a Guardian and Northern Echo Country Diarist and maintains a North East wildlife blog at: