Tommorow a major report will be released: The State of the UK’s Forests, Woods and Trees: Perspectives from the forestry and woodland sector. It marks the International Year of Forests in 2011. The report was featured in the Independent Newspaper today. The State of the UK’s Forests, Woods and Trees
At this time of year our woodlands are spectacular; seemingly a palette containing every colour ranging from the oranges and russet browns of fallen oak leaves, the red of hawthorn berries, to psychedelic pinks in Spindle fruits. Observe closely and your senses can be entertained in other ways too. During
The grey squirrel is perhaps one of the most commonly seen of British mammals being highly visible in parks, gardens and woodlands. This, in combination with its large eyes and bushy tail, often make it an attractive and popular animal in the public eye. Grey squirrels are, however, a serious
This weekend I revisited a woodland plantation that I’d planted 19 years ago. I was delighted to discover a coterie of common spotted orchids (Dactylorhiza fuchsii). The sweet chestnut trees that I’d planted had been coppiced, as originally planned, and were accompanied by ‘volunteer’ silver birch. The light shading canopy
I wrote this post more than five years ago, and its been one of my most popular ever since. Naturally more excellent trees books have been published in the intervening years and the list is worth updating. I’ve since written my own books so it would remiss of me not to
Deep within an English woodland, while the distant bark of a roe deer echoed between the hazel coppice stools, the nearby sounds of a calling coot led to me to water and a hidden woodland pond. As I explored the fringes of the carr woodland I came across these luminescent
Here in the south of Britain we’ve experienced our first substantial rain for many weeks, following the driest April and May since meteorological records began. During a particularly heavy shower while I was in the woods today, I took shelter under a beautiful sycamore tree. Looking up I discovered that
Several honeys are made from tree flowers including one species that is supposed to be wind-pollinated. Here’s a review of some of the most popular, and some less well known, tree honeys.