Wildlife & nature

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Rings and black lines in tree trunks

by Emilie Bonnevay, Public Enquiries Officer on 17 November 2017

We take a fascinating look at why some tree trunks have black lines instead of rings.

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Foraging in November and December: edible wild plants to look out for

by Helen Keating, Content Manager on 15 November 2017

Don't be put off by short days and cold, damp weather. There are still some foraging treats to brighten your days. Here's are some favourites.

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Otter orphans rehomed at Arkaig

by George Anderson, PR & Communications Officer - Scotland on 14 November 2017

Three orphaned otters have been released at our Loch Arkaig Pine Forest after they were rescued and raised by staff at the Scottish Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. (Photo:Colin Seddon)

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How and when to plant fruit trees

by Eleanor Clark, Conservation Volunteer on 08 November 2017

Learn how to choose the best fruit tree for you and your garden, when and where to plant them and the benefits they bring for wildlife.

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When do hedgehogs hibernate? And other animals that hibernate

by Charlie Mellor, Content editor on 03 November 2017

The clocks have gone back, the nights are drawing in and the first frosts are already occurring, so it really feels like winter is on its way. What does this mean for our hedgehogs and other woodland wildlife?

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What is a 'mast year' and why is it making autumn bigger than ever?

by Charlotte Armitage, Citizen Science Officer on 31 October 2017

The last reported mast year in the UK was in 2013. Find out what a mast year is and what this means for woodland trees and wildlife. (Photo: WTML/ Ben Lee)

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Winners spot wildlife Big Five

by George Anderson, PR & Communications Officer - Scotland on 31 October 2017

Competition winners visiting Loch Arkaig were lucky enough to spot the 'Big Five' of Scottish wildlife – red deer, red squirrel, golden eagle, otter and seal (Photo: WTML)

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Foraging in October: berries and nuts to find this autumn

by Helen Keating, Content Manager on 26 October 2017

Our top foraging finds for October with top tips on where to find, when and how to use them.

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All about algae on trees

by Emilie Bonnevay, Public Enquiries Officer on 26 October 2017

Most of us have likely spotted mosses and lichens growing on trees, but have you spotted their shyer cousins, the algae?

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Ancient trees: weathering the great storm

by Kylie Harrison Mellor, Citizen Science Officer on 24 October 2017

It’s 30 years since the great storm caused devastation across the UK. While 15 million trees were blown down some of our oldest trees survived. How did they weather the storm?

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