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How to prune apple trees in winter

by Helen Keating, Content Manager on 22 December 2017

Follow these simple winter pruning tips to keep your apple trees looking good and producing a great crop each season. (Photo: Alamy)

Tawny owl perched on a post

Owl calls: tell your tawny from your barn owl

by Amy Lewis, Content Manager on 18 December 2017

Heard a screech in the night or hooting in the woods? One of the UK's five resident owl species could be at large. Learn to tell their calls apart and identify them without laying eyes on them.

When to cut grass after winter

by Charlotte Armitage, Citizen Science Officer on 14 December 2017

Are you unsure when to start cutting your lawn again after winter? Learn which factors affect your lawn, when to cut it and how this varies across the UK.

Rainforests in the UK: where to find them

by Doug Shapley, Conservation Advisor on 12 December 2017

The rainforest in the UK is part of a globally rare and threatened habitat where climatic conditions create the optimal habitat for a wealth of biodiversity. Find out where it occurs in Britain.

Woodland in the winter

Why do we need trees?

by Jack Taylor, Campaigner on 08 December 2017

Trees are invaluable to us and the environment – find out some of the reasons why and how you can help to protect them.

Animal tracks: snow print identification

by James Martin, Content Editor on 07 December 2017

A fresh coat of snow reveals the footprints of the secretive animals that call our woodland home. Learn how to identify some of the tracks you're likely to see in your local wood. (iStock/sduben)

Winter tree identification – twigs, buds and silhouettes

by Helen Keating, Content Manager on 05 December 2017

When deciduous trees shed their leaves in winter, identification can be tricky. But even on bare trees there are clues to look out for. Take this quiz and test your winter tree ID knowledge.

How to make a holly wreath

by Laura Cottam, Volunteer Content Writer on 30 November 2017

This simple wreath making guide will make sure your front door is truly festive! (Photo: WTML)

Tree seed identification: seven common UK tree seeds

by Louise Taylor, Citizen Science Project Officer on 27 November 2017

If someone showed you a seed from a common UK tree, could you tell which tree it was from? Find out more about seven common UK tree seeds.

Meadow grasshopper resting on a plant

Insect identification: common UK insects

by Amy Lewis, Content Manager on 24 November 2017

There are a staggering 27,000 types of insect in the UK. Some can be tricky to tell apart, even for the experts. Here we look at some of our most commonly encountered insect groups and the clues we need to look for to help narrow them down.