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Scotland’s rainforest: why it’s special and where to find it

by Adam Harrison, Saving Scotland’s rainforest lead on 20 May 2019

Scotland’s rainforest is as lush and important as the tropical rainforest, only rarer. We need your help to save it. Discover why and what you can do.

How to identify elderflower and what to do with it

by Helen Keating, Content Manager on 15 May 2019

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

Foraging in May: a guide to wild herbs and other edible plants

by Helen Keating, Content Manager on 08 May 2019

Find out which wild plants you can forage in May. Learn about edible plants with our quick identification guide and tips on how to find, eat and prepare them.

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How to make an easy elderflower cordial without citric acid

by Helen Keating, Content Manager on 29 April 2019

This elderflower cordial recipe is very easy to make. It's the perfect way to capture the sweet, summery scent of the familiar hedgerow tree that is in full bloom now.

Wild garlic pesto in ramekin on table with raw wild garlic and bread

How to forage wild garlic and make wild garlic pesto

by Laura Cottam, Volunteer Content Writer on 26 April 2019

What's that smell? It's wild garlic season! Find out how to make the best of it with our foraging guide and recipes.

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Feather identification: common feathers in the UK

by Charlotte Varela, Volunteer Content Writer on 15 April 2019

Collecting nature finds is a lovely way to feel closer to the wildlife on your doorstep. Some of the most abundant of these treasures are feathers, and you can find them almost anywhere. But which bird left them behind?

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Wildflower quiz: name these ten common wildflowers

by Helen Keating, Content Manager on 11 April 2019

Can you name these ten common British wildflowers? Test your wildflower knowledge with our quiz.

Hawthorn and blackthorn: what’s the difference?

by Charlie Mellor, Content Manager on 09 April 2019

Hawthorn and blackthorn are two of the most easily confused species, so here’s a closer look at their differences to help you tell them apart.

How to tell male and female ospreys apart

by George Anderson, PR & Communications Officer - Scotland on 28 March 2019

How do you tell male and female ospreys apart? And how can you tell the difference between our resident Loch Arkaig pair, Louis and Aila, and other local birds?

How to grow bluebells: a guide to growing native bluebells in your garden

by Kate Lewthwaite, Citizen Science Manager on 28 March 2019

Each spring magical carpets of bluebells transform our woodland with their beautiful blue haze and sweet scent. Why not try growing them in your garden? Here are six good reasons why, along with our top bluebell growing tips.