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Catkins and Celandine

On last week’s visit to Roslin Glen it finally felt like parts of the woods were waking up. While the trees are mostly still asleep up here in Edinburgh, with only elder and evergreen species showing leaves, there are other things to look out for while waiting for the greenery.

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Winter’s passing: the season begins…

Yesterday morning the sun made a welcome appearance, and I took the chance to visit Roslin Glen to see if spring was making itself known. The glen was looking beautiful, and although the muddy paths were still frozen, there was lots of new growth to be seen since my last visit in mid-January.

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A week of winter

The recent cold weather has finally brought a touch of winter to our woods, and I took a walk at Roslin Glen over the weekend to see how it had fared after the storms of the last few months. Thankfully the trees I follow were all still standing, although there were others that had lost limbs in the high winds.

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Guest post: Track a Tree and the citizen science experience

Today we have a guest post from Ria Dunkley, from the University of Cardiff. I met Ria at one of the Track a Tree workshops earlier this year, and we have since chatted several times about Track a Tree. Ria is starting some research on citizen science and would like to use Track a Tree as a case study, so we'd like to invite any of our volunteers to take part in her work. Read on to find out more...

Exploring the citizen science experience - Dr Ria Dunkley

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Autumn adventures

As some of you may already know, autumn is not only a season of  stormy rain, abundant apples and increasingly skeletal trees appearing in our woodlands, but of behind the scenes activities for Track a Tree.  One of the things we have been discussing is the possible development of the project over the next couple of years. We’ve also been out and about over the last few months visiting conferences and other events to tell people about Track a Tree.

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A darker shade of green

As it’s nearing the end of June, spring in the woods is over for 2015, and my Track a Tree visits to Roslin Glen have come to an end. My last walk in the woods was after a week of hot dry weather, and all the Ramsons and Bluebell had gone over, leaving seed pods and wilting vegetation for me to slip on. The bracken had shot up to nearly shoulder height (for a shortish person!) and the nearly mature canopy of leaves leant everything a hue of deeper green.

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Hardcastle Crags: a Yorkshire wood

Hardcastle Crags is a wooded valley close to where I grew up in West Yorkshire, and last weekend I enjoyed a rare spring-time walk there. Even though I can get a rough picture of what is going on in woodlands across the UK from your results as they get submitted, there is nothing quite like visiting another place to highlight the differences, and similarities, between woods.

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May days in the woods

The warmth returned to the sun on Monday as I made another visit to Roslin Glen for my Track a Tree monitoring. It is really exciting to see the progress of spring in the woods being reflected in my own visits, as well as your records being sent in. Do visit our results page to take a look and remember to submit your observations on the site and see them pop up on our maps!

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Budburst high and budburst low

On my last few visits to the woods I have been reminded of the sometimes tricky nature of monitoring the budburst of trees. How easy it is to score budburst often depends on several things; the tree species, how tall the tree is, whether there are easily reachable branches to check, and what the light is like on the day of your observation. But don’t panic! If you’re not confident about your budburst observations, make sure you keep recording until leaves start to appear.

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Guest post: Track a Tree and international education

Today we have a guest post from Barbara Helm at the University of Glasgow. She has been taking part in Track a Tree at the Scottish Centre for Ecology and the Natural Environment (SCENE) by Loch Lomond, and recently used the project to introduce some ecological principles to veterinary students:


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