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Autumn leaf identification quiz: can you identify these 10 trees?

by Helen Keating, Content Manager on 12 October 2017

Do you know your hazel from your hawthorn? As many of the trees around us change colour, test your autumn leaf knowledge with our informative quiz.

When do pine cones fall? And what to do with them

by Laura Cottam, Volunteer Content Writer on 11 October 2017

Pine cones are a true indicator of autumn. They come in all sorts of different sizes and can turn your home into an autumnal dream with their delicate scent and unique shape. Why not try collecting some of your own this season!

Why are leaves different sizes?

by Nick Atkinson, Senior Advisor on 29 September 2017

Scientists are unfurling the secrets behind variation in leaves.

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The best elderberry recipes

by Helen Keating, Content Manager on 18 September 2017

Make the most of dark, fragrant elderberries while they’re in season. Try our favourite elderberry recipes.

Foraging in September: edible wild plants and berries to look out for

by Helen Keating, Content Manager on 07 September 2017

Five edible wild plants to forage for in September with tips on what to look for and how to gather and eat them.

What is a Root Protection Area and what does it mean?

by Jill Butler, Conservation Advisor on 05 September 2017

Conservation adviser, Jill Butler explains what a Root Protection Area is, how is it calculated and what it means.

Types of mushroom in the UK: common identification guide

by Helen Keating, Content Manager on 31 August 2017

Mushrooms (or toadstools) is a term given to the fleshy, spore-bearing fruiting bodies that certain fungi produce. Here are nine common mushrooms that you may come across.

Hollow tree trunks: what are they good for?

by Kylie Harrison Mellor, Citizen Science Officer on 20 August 2017

Take a step inside a hollow tree and you take a step back through history. A hollowing trunk is a natural process and has benefits for the tree and the creatures that live in them.

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Foraging in August: find food this summer

by Helen Keating, Content Manager on 15 August 2017

Blackberries, rowan berries and crab apples are all ripening this month. Here are six wild edible plants to collect with top tips and recipes on how to use them.

How long do butterflies live: and other butterfly facts

by Kylie Harrison Mellor, Citizen Science Officer on 10 March 2017

As learning about butterflies day approaches take the chance to swot up about these winged wonders.