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Oak before birch? The scientific value of phenological records past, present and future

Earlier this month, together with our collaborators Adrian Roberts and Richard Smithers, Christine and I published a paper exploring the relationship between temperature and the time at which 13 tree species come into leaf tree. We found that while all species leaf earlier when spring is warmer, a few species, such as birch and rowan, have later leafing when conditions during the previous autumn were warm.

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Track a Tree and education

One of most rewarding surprises we had during the first year of Track a Tree was the number of youth groups who took part. Revisiting a wood through the spring is a great way to engage with the seasons and woodland ecology and this project also provides an opportunity to think about how science is done.

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Track a Tree workshops: booking is open!

You may remember our exciting announcement in December that the British Ecological Society have funded Track a Tree to run a series of workshops this spring. We are very happy to announce that we have confirmed the dates and venues for the workshops and we’re ready to start taking bookings!

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A new year and new species for Track a Tree

A happy 2015 to you all! We hope this chilly January has brought lots of opportunities of enjoying your local winter woodland. Here in Edinburgh, the Hazel catkins have started to appear, and Snowdrops are popping up all over the UK. We are busy making a few changes at Track a Tree, ready for the 2015 recording season, and have some more exciting news to share with you.

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An exciting announcement: Track a Tree workshops!

We recently got an exciting bit of news here at Track a Tree, and thought this bright December day would be a good time to share it with you. We have been awarded an Outreach Grant from the British Ecological Society to run a series of workshops in spring 2015! We'll post up further details as we confirm them, but they will be a great opportunity for new and existing recorders to meet and discuss the project.

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Looking back at spring 2014

Autumn is on its way to winter, and the quiet time for Track a Tree is coming to an end as we start our preparations for spring 2015.  You’ll be seeing more activity on the blog over the coming months, but before moving on to next year, we wanted to share a few of the key results from the 2014 season. Now the numbers are in we can see it has been a great year, so a big thank you to everyone who has taken part in the project so far!                   

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Getting ready for Track a Tree 2015

If you didn’t manage to get out and participate in Track in Tree earlier this year, now is a great time to start thinking about joining us next year. If you’re heading to the woods over the coming weeks, why not select a few trees to monitor in spring 2015.

Your trees could appear on our results maps for 2015, and we’d love to see more observations pop up across the UK. Some of our more Northerly records were recently submitted, and below you can see Lesser Celandine flowering snaking through the UK:

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Summer meetings: biological recording and citizen science

While Track a Tree has been on a summer break, I took the opportunity to attend two meetings that are of great relevence to the project. It is always useful to listen to other people's experiences, and I had the chance to speak about Track a Tree at one of these meetings.

The Biological Records Centre 50th Anniversary symposium - 27th-29th June

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Spring into summer: the end of the recording season

Our Track a Tree woodland is changing in character now that we are well into May, the canopy is finally green and the air is calmer and thickly scented with Ramsons and Bluebells. For us, and for many of you, recording for Track a Tree will be coming to an end, or have already finished.  Firstly, I want to thank all of you who have taken part this year, and it also seems like a good time to go over a few points about the end of the 2014 recording season.

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'Oak before Ash...'

The title of this post is part of a well known phrase that I've heard a lot of this year! There are many slight variations, but the meaning of the longer rhyme is clear:

'If the oak before the ash, then we're in for a splash, If the ash before the oak, then we'll surely have a soak'


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