Trees, trees and more trees under a blazing sunny Glen Finglas sky!
On Saturday 4th June, the sun shone, and the willows, birches and more were identified. This was our first on site Scotland volunteer gathering of 2022 and 28 volunteers came along to join in.
Jennie Martin, our visiting ethnobotanist, taught us some great botany and ID skills as well as fascinating facts about human interaction with trees. Many thanks to Maggie McCallum, Glen Finglas volunteer, who recommended her.
I loved Jennie’s clever ways to help remember. An example was how to remember English (Pedunculate) oak, which has wide lobes at the bottom of the leaf, and leaves that are attached to the branch, but acorns with long stalks, (as opposed to sessile oak, which has longer leaf stalks but acorns attached to the branch). Jennie suggested to remember English oak as a stocky English gentleman with hunched shoulders and smoking a pipe! Now I will never forget how to distinguish between the two species. Jennie also helped us to see that no two trees are alike, and how so many factors influence them, such as aspect, soil, altitude, human interference, grazing and indeed hybridisation……we have blended families in the human population so why not with trees too!
Here are some pictures from the day. I hope that those of you who attended enjoyed it as much as I did.
These next images were taken by William Vale of the second group, who did their guided walk in the morning and tree ID in the afternoon. They even managed to record some ancient trees along the way!
..and last but not least, another picture of Group A on their morning guided walk, led by Jill Donnachie, along to Little Druim Wood.
What a special day it was…..let’s hope the sun shines for our other volunteer gatherings across the UK this year!
Scotland Volunteering Development Officer.