Feb 06 2020

Brush up on your tree identificaton skills – booking now open for our ID day in East Lothian

If you’d like to brush up upon or learn new tree identification skills then this event is for you. We’ll look at our Scottish native trees and also some of our non-native conifers. As an example, you’ll learn how to distinguish between sessile and pedunculate oak, or between downy and silver birch. You’ll also learn about which trees grow in certain woodland classification types in accordance with soil, climate and so on, as well as the epiphytes (lichens, mosses etc) that grow upon each species.


Pedunculate oak, also known as English oak


Sessile oak



Ben Averis, expert ecologist and artist, will be leading this event, so you’ll be in for a treat! He will be taking us on a walk around his local area, where he knows every local tree. We’ll be in the beautiful, rolling East Lothian countryside and rural parkland.


Where: Garvald, East Lothian

When: Saturday 23rd May

Time: 10.30am – 4.00pm

Refreshments on arrival and lunch will be provided

We hope you can make it!


Here’s where to book: https://woodlandtrusttickets.cloudvenue.co.uk/EastLothTree


Over 60 of you have now filled in my survey about the topics you’d like to learn more about and tree identification so far is 2nd only to wild flower ID so far, so I’m very happy to be offering something that I have confirmation that you are keen on.  Please do complete the survey, byt the end of February, if you haven’t done so yet.  Here’s the link: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/BGSCB59


Matilda Scharsach

Scotland Volunteering Development Officer

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