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If you go down to the woods today...

Part of the joy of regular tree-tracking at Roslin Glen is the chance to spot other woodland flora and fauna on my visits. I have found that I observe the woodland differently since starting Track a Tree, noticing many more small changes on my woodland route. I have watched Beech buds expand to the point of bursting, Elm flowers turn to fruit, waited for Dog violets to appear on my favourite bank and seen the catkins of Hornbeam (below) ride out windy days.

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One tree, two springs

Spring has progressed a great deal since my last post, and I hope that you have all seen some beautiful changes in your local woodland. We have really enjoyed reading about some of your adventures recording for Track a Tree. If you haven't already, do visit our Links & Resources page for a list of recorder blogs and websites, and if you have a blog that's not on our list, let us know and we'll add it!

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What to look for when observing tree phenology

As spring is bounding onwards and we receive more of your records, it is a good time to address exactly what to look out for on your woodland visits. A quick reminder that the full instructions for taking part in Track a Tree can be found in our field guide.
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See your results on our live map of spring in the woods

We're really excited to see your records appearing on our new Results page. On the map you can choose to display any of the flowering plants or tree phenology events that Track a Tree monitors. As soon as observations have been submitted to our website, records of budburst, first leaf or flowering will become visible. You’ll be able to watch the progress of spring across the UK as it happens.

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Our flowering plants are on their way

On our last visit to Roslin Glen, Silver birch catkins were drooping from upper branches, and I started to see more and more leaves poking through the leaf litter. The understorey plants that Track a Tree monitors show their greenery before any flowers start to appear. I have encountered four of the seven on our list so far, and I'm sure many of you will have seen their growth or first flowering by now. Remember to look out for and record the presence of their leaves, as it will be interesting to see how long after leaf development the flowers are produced.

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Looking at last years leaves

The sunny weather finally caught up with Edinburgh on Monday, and we made our second visit to Roslin Glen to record our trees. Despite the winter winds, some of last years leaves remain on fallen branches and the leaf litter is still thick in parts of the wood. I was reminded how useful these remnants of summer can be when you are selecting trees to monitor.

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How will your observations be used by researchers?

Have you participated in other citizen science schemes before? Schemes like the Big Garden Birdwatch or the UK Ladybird Survey, or our sister project Nature’s Calendar? If so, you’ll notice that Track a Tree asks for a bigger commitment from you than many of these projects.

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Recording season has started!

It has been a beautiful day here in Edinburgh, so Ally and I went to visit our Track a Tree recording site just south of the city. We both record a number of trees around Roslin Glen, and today was our first trip of the season. It was great to be back in the woods, and to reacquaint ourselves with the trees that we tracked through last spring. The winter storms have changed parts of Roslin; there are some newly toppled trees, and lost limbs are strewn across several old paths.

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The story behind Track a Tree

Hello from the Track a Tree team! That’s myself; Christine Tansey and Ally Phillimore. It won’t take long to introduce ourselves, so let’s start with that.You’ll be hearing from both of us over the spring season, as we’ll each be tracking trees around Roslin Glen, near our base in the Institute of Evolutionary Biology at the University of Edinburgh.

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