Monthly Archives: March 2014

My first Track a Tree field work visit – needless to say things did not go as expected. Part 2

In which we re-join our hero as he grapples with the challenge of selecting an Ash tree.

Eventually I had six more or less blemish free Ashe trees to roll the dice over. (Actually, bearing in mind that wood floors don’t really facilitate rolling dice, and that bringing the household games dice back covered in gunk would not go down well, I adopted an aerial spinning flick technique.) And the winner was …. number 4. Continue reading

My first Track a Tree field work visit – needless to say things did not go as expected. Part 1

One undoubted benefit of using social media is that you find out about more stuff than you otherwise would.  And so it was that a recent post on the Woodland Trust blog revealed a new citizen science project called Track a Tree.  It sounded right up my street, and so it was that yesterday I found myself delving into parts of Hillhouse Wood that I rarely disturb. This is how I got on. Continue reading

Making the best bird reservoir in England even better (for nature)

I’ve previously written about a number of habitat restoration and improvement schemes, so there is some irony in the fact that I’ve not yet mentioned a brilliant one right on my doorstep.  This is the work going on at Abberton reservoir, near Colchester. Continue reading

Which berries are most popular with birds?

We all know that birds eat berries, and followers of this blog will know which birds are regular berry eaters.  But which species of berries attract the greatest variety of birds? Continue reading