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Winter Hill fire still smoking at Smithills

by Russell Hedley, Marketing & Communications Officer on 16 August 2018

The fire at Smithills had officially been declared out, but after smoke was spotted again, we’re urging visitors to take care of the site and themselves.

Hazel dormouse

What is habitat fragmentation and what does it mean for our wildlife?

by James Martin, Content editor on 16 August 2018

Did you know that habitat fragmentation is one of the greatest threats to wildlife globally? Find out what it means and how it affects UK species like the dormouse.

Photograph of rowan jelly

Rowan jelly: how to find and make it

by Helen Keating, Content Manager on 13 August 2018

Rowan, with its fiery red berries, is a tree that's difficult to miss at the moment. If you want to try foraging this is a great way to start. Get top identification tips and a step-by-step recipe on how to make rowan jelly.

Smithills update after the Winter Hill fire

by Russell Hedley, Marketing & Communications Officer on 08 August 2018

One of the largest scale incidents we've faced took place this summer when the top of the Smithills Estate was engulfed in flames. We take a look at how the site is doing now and what the future holds.

In search of Northern Ireland’s finest trees

by Kaye Coates, Communications Officer - Northern Ireland on 04 August 2018

We’re asking tree lovers to stump up nominations for Northern Ireland’s Tree of the Year 2018.

Discovering trees around the world

by Jonathan Drori, Author on 03 August 2018

Around the World in 80 Trees brings together plant science, history, the origin of names, folklore, beautiful illustrations and more. Find out more about how the book was created.

Climb a tree and give three cheers for skinned knees!

by George Anderson, PR & Communications Officer - Scotland on 01 August 2018

Children learn valuable life skills climbing trees, building dens and playing in the woods. So let’s bring back skinned-knee summers and stop invoking ‘health and safety’ to eliminate every conceivable risk.

red squirrel in tree head on

Eight best wildlife walks in Northern Ireland

by James Martin, Content editor on 01 August 2018

From magical woodland to rugged coasts, discover some of the best spots to take a stroll and see wildlife in Northern Ireland.

7 galls to spot this year

by Emilie Bonnevay, Public Enquiries Officer on 31 July 2018

Have you spotted something unusual growing on a tree recently? It looks like it might be a bumper year for galls, so here are 7 you might see this summer.

Types of moss in the UK: What they are and where to find them

by Kate Lewthwaite, Citizen Science Manager on 30 July 2018

Moss is marvellous! Find out why and see some common species to spot.