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Foxglove and other poisonous plants

by Helen Keating, Content Manager on 20 February 2019

A quick guide to five of the most poisonous plants you may encounter on a countryside walk in the UK. Learn how to recognise them with pictures with fascinating facts on their poisonous properties to people and dogs.

Red-tailed bumblebee on tree stump

Where do bees go in winter? And other insects’ winter behaviour

by Judith Garforth, Citizen Science Officer (Nature’s Calendar) on 13 February 2019

Ever wondered where insects go in winter? Find out where different species of bee and other species of insect go when the weather gets cold, and when to spot them emerging.

Discover woodland wildlife with innovative new toolkit

by Alastair Hotchkiss, Conservation Advisor - Ancient Woodlands on 12 February 2019

The Woodland Wildlife Toolkit allows wood owners and wildlife enthusiasts to easily search for important wildlife likely to be in or near a woodland.

When do blue tits nest?

by Amy Lewis, Content Manager on 12 February 2019

A sure sign of the start of spring is the sight of blue tits zipping back and forth to nest boxes, beaks full of moss. Find out when, where and how long blue tits nest, when their chicks fledge, and how important it is that they time things just right.

10 roosting birds to spot in winter and early spring

by Laura Cottam, Volunteer Content Writer on 11 February 2019

Roosting is another word for when birds settle down to rest or sleep. Find out which roosting birds you might spot when out and about.

Where and when do robins nest?

by Hannah Vickers, Content Editor on 08 February 2019

The robin, with its signature red breast and tuneful song, is one of the UK’s best-loved birds. Find out where and when these fiery fellas nest, and how you can lend them a helping hand.

How big is a queen wasp? And where to see them

by Hannah Vickers, Content Editor on 06 February 2019

Have you ever seen a huge wasp when out working in the garden or visiting the woods? If so, it's likely you'll have spotted a queen wasp: the leader of the colony, a skilful builder and an egg-laying machine.

Stoat or weasel? How to tell the difference

by James Martin, Content Editor on 01 February 2019

Did you see a stoat on your last woodland walk? Or perhaps it was a weasel? Our guide will help you to tell these pint-sized predators apart. We also take a look at some of the other related species found here in the UK.

Reintroducing lost species

by Karen Hornigold, Assistant Conservation Adviser - Data & Information on 29 January 2019

In the latest issue of Wood Wise, find out how reintroducing lost species can help to restore ecological balance.

The best woodland walks in London

by James Martin, Content Editor on 28 January 2019

You don't have to leave London to enjoy the sights and sounds of a woodland walk. Here is our pick of the best places for a stroll in the city.