Jun 28 2019

Scotland Observatree training day

At the beautiful Scottish Wildlife Trust Falls of Clyde Visitor Centre at new Lanark, a large group of new and existing Observatree volunteers gathered together on 20th June for a day immersed in the world of tree pests and diseases.  The day was really well organised by Charlotte Armitage, who manages Observatree volunteers and is based in Grantham at our Head Office.


The Falls of Clyde Centre

Inside the visitor centre


For the new volunteers, the day was part of their induction.  Suzanne Frey from Forest Research delivered an absolutely fantastic conifer ID workshop, and I for one learned loads.  It’s all about smell and texture as well as shape and size! 



Then Charlotte updated us on Observatree news and gave a recap of pests and diseases to be recorded.



Staff from Scottish Natural Heritage shared information on SSSIs and NNRs and invited Observatree volunteers to visit these places to survey, and in the afternoon we visited a beautiful local wood, owned and managed by SNH, for a guided walk and to look for disease symptoms.


When we arrived and had our biosecurity reminder, the heavens opened with a massive downpour. 



The sun then kindly joined us for the beautiful walk.  Most interesting to me was to see Ermine moth caterpillar sites on bird cherry trees.



The lovely Meaghan Henry,  Lead Observatree volunteer for Scotland, was at the event.  Watch this space for Meaghan, Charlotte, other Scotland staff and I working together more soon to bring more Observatree opportunities for Charlotte’s volunteers in Scotland.


Meaghan Henry, Lead Observatree volunteer in Scotland


Matilda Scharsach


Scotland Volunteering Development Officer


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