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Scotland’s rainforest: why it’s special and where to find it

by Adam Harrison, Saving Scotland’s rainforest lead on 20 May 2019

Scotland’s rainforest is as lush and important as the tropical rainforest, only rarer. We need your help to save it. Discover why and what you can do.

Why do nettles sting? And do dock leaves really help?

by Laura Cottam, Volunteer Content Writer on 15 May 2019

Stinging nettles can be a hazard on summer walks. Learn why these plants inflict their itchy stings and whether dock leaves really do help.

Update from our Chairman

by Baroness Barbara Young, Chairman of the Woodland Trust on 15 May 2019

How to identify elderflower and what to do with it

by Helen Keating, Content Manager on 15 May 2019

If you want to dip your toe into the world of foraging, elderflowers are a great place to start. Get our top identification tips, along with ideas and recipes on how to use elderflower.

Types of bee in the UK: how to tell the difference

by Charlotte Varela, Volunteer Content Writer on 14 May 2019

From fluffy bumblebees to pint-sized mining bees, we take a look at the key characteristics of some of our most common species.

How invasive non-native species threaten our woods

by Matt Elliot, Conservation Advisor - Tree & Woodland Health on 13 May 2019

Invasive species have a huge impact on the environment and wildlife, are costly to the economy, and can even pose a risk to our health and way of life. Find out how you can help during Invasive Species Week 2019.

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Do robins migrate? When garden birds migrate and return

by Charlotte Varela, Volunteer Content Writer on 10 May 2019

Did you know the robins in your garden might not always be from the UK? Find out when robins – and other unexpected garden birds – migrate to and from our shores.

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Forest animals: 9 animals adapted to forest life

by Charlotte Varela, Volunteer Content Writer on 09 May 2019

From scampering squirrels to beautiful butterflies, discover how our woodland species are perfectly adapted to a life among the trees.

Foraging in May: a guide to wild herbs and other edible plants

by Helen Keating, Content Manager on 08 May 2019

Find out which wild plants you can forage in May. Learn about edible plants with our quick identification guide and tips on how to find, eat and prepare them.

Campaigns update: further success and new challenges

by Naomi Tilley, Assistant Campaigner – Policy and Advocacy on 07 May 2019

We’ve had another jam-packed month with some promising council decisions on ancient woods and trees. But with new issues arising regularly, there’s still a lot to be done.