A bright new Broadleaf blooms this week, celebrating spring with a riot of colourful stories.
Spotlight on science
The Woodland Trust is revolutionising its conservation agenda by earmarking £200,000 a year for research. The findings will help to arm us for the future of conservation.
Our lead feature this issue is a six-page study of the Trust's scientific goals: how can we prepare for climate change and ash dieback? How far should we go in the direction of rewilding? And can woodland soil remember its roots?
Meanwhile, we take a look at some PhDs we're already sponsoring, meeting: · a bat-loving geneticist · an insect-hunting ecologist · the woman tracking pine martens across deepest Wales.
In tune with the time of year, our writer Lizzie Catt gets up with the lark and lends an ear to the dawn chorus at Brede High Woods. Tiptoeing through the undergrowth with a crew of expert listeners, she learns the musical merits of wood warblers, nuthatches and nightingales, and the elaborate romantic rituals they reflect.
Also in this issue:
· An eagle-eye view of our new Scottish mountain, snapped up thanks to members’ generous donations.
· A jaunt through the natural history of Tring Park, heartland of English eccentricity.
· Springwatch star Gillian Burke on how the Nobel-laureate Wangari Maathai taught her the importance of community conservation.
· The tangled issues facing trees today: lineside felling, post-Brexit regulation and ancient woods in the firing-line of development.
· Try out our guided walk around Low Burnhall in County Durham
· Find out why Hugh Dennis loves a monkey puzzle, and meet the dormouse-sniffing Labrador…
All this alongside our usual swathe of tree-themed news and views, interviews and letters.
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