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Rowan jelly: how to find and make it

by Helen Keating, Content Manager on 13 August 2018

Rowan, with its fiery red berries, is a tree that's difficult to miss at the moment. If you want to try foraging this is a great way to start. Get top identification tips and a step-by-step recipe on how to make rowan jelly.

7 galls to spot this year

by Emilie Bonnevay, Public Enquiries Officer on 31 July 2018

Have you spotted something unusual growing on a tree recently? It looks like it might be a bumper year for galls, so here are 7 you might see this summer.

Types of moss in the UK: What they are and where to find them

by Kate Lewthwaite, Citizen Science Manager on 30 July 2018

Moss is marvellous! Find out why and see some common species to spot.

What is a sustainable forest?

by Karen Hornigold, Assistant Conservation Adviser - Data & Information on 27 July 2018

Sustainable management is key if woodland is to meet the needs of both wildlife and people. Learn exactly what this means and why it's so important.

Summer tree identification: can you name these nine trees?

by Helen Keating, Content Manager on 25 July 2018

Summer is the best time to identify trees. You have a host of clues to help you, from a full crown of leaves to ripening fruits. So why not test your knowledge with our quiz?

British dragonflies: all about larvae, wings and lifecycle

by Joe Bates, Content Editor on 25 July 2018

Charismatic and brightly coloured dragonflies capture our imaginations every summer. Learn more about this iconic insect and which ones you can spot near woodland.

Why are bees important? And how you can help them

by Hannah Vickers, Content Editor on 17 July 2018

With its black and gold stripes, translucent wings and signature furry body, the bee is a common sight in woods and gardens around the world. But do you know how important this creature is to our planet, and the threats it is facing?

Wild marjoram: what is it, where to find it and how to plant it

by Helen Keating, Content Manager on 10 July 2018

It's a herb we sprinkle liberally on pizza and pasta. And so we'd be forgiven for thinking oregano, also known as wild marjoram, only grows around the Mediterranean. But did you know it's actually native to the UK?

On the hunt for ancient trees

by Victoria Granger, Contributor on 05 July 2018

A joint PhD project between the Woodland Trust and the University of Nottingham aims to predict new locations of ancient trees by analysing records from our Ancient Tree Inventory.

Elephant hawk-moth: caterpillar, lifecycle and is it poisonous?

by Amy Lewis, Content Manager on 03 July 2018

If you’ve been lucky enough to encounter a big, brightly coloured elephant hawk-moth, you’ll know you’ve seen something special. But what do elephant hawk-moth caterpillars look like, where does their name come from, and why are the adults pink?