Category Archives: Scotland

Scotland’s national tree – wych elm?

The Scottish Government is considering whether Scotland should have its own national tree, and if so, what species should be chosen. The iconic Scots pine is an obvious choice for this accolade but there are other candidates so we’ve invited … Continue reading

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Farming, naturally

Shirley and Michael Clarke run Williamwood Farm near Lockerbie in the south of Scotland. Last year they created two Jubilee Woods on their land with support from the Woodland Trust. Hundreds of local school children had the chance to plant … Continue reading

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Weird and wonderful whitebeams

With all the doom and gloom of Chalara ash dieback and other tree pests and diseases, it was encouraging to read this week that scientists have made a step forward in attempts to save Scotland’s most endangered tree, the Catacol … Continue reading

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Two in three Scots prefer pines

Last month I blogged about a survey to find Scotland’s choice for the national tree. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the Scots pine stood out high above the rest with two-thirds of the vote. Rowan, which I should declare as my own personal … Continue reading

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Pining for a national tree?

Canada has its maple, England, Wales and Ireland have their oaks, and each of the States and Territories that form the United States of America have their own tree too, ranging from the towering Sequioa of California to the aptly … Continue reading

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Badgers caught on candid camera in Scotland

A few weeks ago we received some fantastic videos of badgers enjoying the sunshine in one of our woods in Scotland from badger recorder Chris Hydes. Badgers appear to have thrived this summer as they flourish on the warm and wet … Continue reading

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Small is beautiful above the treeline

There’s something ecologically fascinating about edges. We tend to put our habitats into separate boxes – woodland, moorland, heathland, wetland – and draw lines around them. But often it’s the fuzzy bits between them that are most interesting. Unfortunately, these … Continue reading

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WuT you like to identify unmapped ancient woodland?

A common question that we get in the Woods under Threat Team is “how can you identify if a wood is ancient?” The Ancient Woodland Inventory was created in the 1980′s and it shows most ancient woodland that is over two … Continue reading

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WuT you like an update?

I have just completed a bi-monthly update of our Woods under Threat cases, and with all my recent posts I thought you all might like to see a brief overview of the threats that vulnerable ancient woods are currently facing, or have fought off (sometimes … Continue reading

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WuT you like to help

We know we are not being told about all of the planning applications that are destroying and damaging ancient woodland in the UK. As you will have seen from my previous two posts, WuT you like to know and WuT … Continue reading

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