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Conker in split case among fallen leaves

Seed dispersal: 5 ways trees spread their seeds

by Amy Lewis, Content Manager on 23 August 2019

Trees have found several ingenious ways to ensure their seeds are spread far and wide. Some use wind or water, some use explosive force, and some hitch a ride on passing animals. We look at each of these clever methods.

How to make a hedgehog house

by Charlotte Varela, Volunteer Content Writer on 19 August 2019

Give a hog a home by following our step-by-step guide.

What do foxes eat? And more facts about foxes

by Charlotte Varela, Volunteer Content Writer on 16 August 2019

Whether we live in the countryside or a bustling city, most of us have seen a fox. But how much do you know about one of our most iconic animals?

Hazelnuts: where and when to forage

by Laura Cottam, Volunteer Content Writer on 05 August 2019

Our tips on where and when to find hazelnuts in the wild, how to prepare these tasty treats, and the woodland animals that love eating them too.

Raw rosehip syrup: how to make and use

by George Anderson, PR & Communications Officer - Scotland on 31 July 2019

Rosehips really became popular during World War II when fresh produce was scarce. Here are our tips for finding and cooking up these surprisingly tasty fruits.

How trees react to damage: burrs and bacterial ooze

by Emilie Bonnevay, Public Enquiries Officer on 29 July 2019

You can’t always see how trees react to damage, but two of their responses are particularly visible: burrs and bacterial tree ooze.

Speckled wood butterfly on leaf

Common UK butterfly identification and facts

by Amy Lewis, Content Manager on 22 July 2019

Identify some of the UK's most common butterflies, find out where to look for them, and learn more about their incredible lives.

Osprey egg raid attempts by pine marten discovered

by George Anderson, PR & Communications Officer - Scotland on 15 July 2019

New footage has revealed this year’s osprey chicks survived two close shaves with a tenacious pine marten while still in their eggs.

Beech tree facts: purple leaves, rippled bark and more

by Emilie Bonnevay, Public Enquiries Officer on 15 July 2019

Beech is one of our most popular trees. Here are our tips on how to identify them, why some may look a little different and other interesting facts.

Two osprey chicks at Loch Arkaig nest

Osprey chicks ringed at Loch Arkaig

by George Anderson, PR & Communications Officer - Scotland on 05 July 2019

Our two osprey chicks at Loch Arkaig - the stars of our live osprey cam - have been ringed, and now we're looking for names.