Jan 21 2020

Would you like to learn new tree identification skills?

I am often asked by Scotland volunteers if we could run tree ID training, and indeed the tree ID workshop at our Scotland volunteering conference was the most popular, so we’ve listened and I’m setting up some events to do just that; one in East Lothian, one in central Scotland one in the north of Scotland as well as the half day at Glen Finglas mentioned above.


Ben Averis, expert ecologist and artist, and members of our Ancient Woodland Restoration staff will be leading these events, so you’ll be in for a treat!  The training will be tailored to cater for beginners and more experienced tree identifiers alike..you are all welcome whatever your level of tree knowledge.


Our first event will be on Saturday 23rd May, in East Lothian, led by Ben Averis.  Ben is also a fine artist as well as a naturalist and has a wealth of knowledge about lower plants and fungi as well as trees.  His beautiful, sensitive and detailed paintings of wild Scottish woodland landscapes are an absolute delight.  The plan is for Ben to show us trees in his local environs, around the farmland and rolling parkland nearby to his home.  He knows every tree in this landscape and it will be a delight to to accompany on a journey around his local patch. 


On our walk he’ll be showing us how to tell Silver birch from Downy birch.  Sessile oak from English oak, as well as our whole suite of other native trees.   We’ll also see a variety of conifers.  Booking will open soon.


Ben will be running another session for us later in the year, and also we’ll run one in autumn in the north of Scotland with our Woodland Trust Ancient Woodland Restoration staff.


Watch this space – booking details for all these events to follow very soon.


Matilda Scharsach

Scotland Volunteering Development Officer


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