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Butterfly Identification Quiz: can you name these common butterflies?

by Charlotte Varela, Volunteer Content Writer on 31 May 2017

The UK is home to some truly stunning butterflies, but can you identify them? Take our quiz to see if you can name some of our most common species.

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PhDs we support: sheep and trees

by Christine Tansey, Research & Evidence Co-ordinator on 30 May 2017

Find out about Pip Jones’ PhD work on the role that trees can play on farms, by providing shelter for sheep. Find out where an electric sheep’s data logger is kept, and how many turnips are involved in her research!

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New partnership helps us identify threats to ancient and other veteran trees

by Jill Butler, Conservation Advisor on 30 May 2017

Ancient and other veteran trees in the UK are our national and international responsibility and with the help of the Gardens Trust we can step up our campaigning efforts on their behalf.

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Why do dogs eat grass? And 7 more dog behaviours explained

by Simon Tappin, Guest Blogger on 30 May 2017

Your dog's behaviour can reveal so much about their mental and physical state, explains Simon Tappin.

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Election 2017 and a future with woods and trees

by Lorraine Mullally, Lead Government Affairs Officer on 25 May 2017

They’re off the blocks, pledges have been made, and the race to form the next Government is in full swing. But what do the main parties’ General Election manifestos say about woods and trees, and what do we want from the new Parliament?

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

by Laura Cottam, Volunteer Content Writer on 24 May 2017

Stinging nettles can often be irritating when out for a walk. Often the first move when afflicted by a sting is to reach for the nearest dock leave, but do they really help?

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How to identify elderflower and what to do with it

by Helen Keating, Content Manager on 23 May 2017

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

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Benefits of walking: why you should get out this weekend

by Charlotte Varela, Volunteer Content Writer on 22 May 2017

When was the last time you went for a walk? Discover the physical, mental and environmental benefits of walking and get outdoors this weekend.

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Our ancients deserve better

by Kaye Brennan, Senior Campaigner on 22 May 2017

You might not know exactly what it is that makes an ancient woodland or tree ‘ancient’, but you’d be forgiven for assuming they are protected – and wrong.

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Seed dispersal by water: Which seeds spread by water?

by Louise Taylor, Citizen Science Project Officer on 20 May 2017

Plants and trees have evolved over many years to make full use of nature's transport. Some seeds are able to float and ride the current of rivers and streams to get to a new destination. Discover more about seed dispersal by water.