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Ancients of the Future

Winter is Coming – The Trees Prepare

The days are shortening and the temperature is falling. This is a signal to deciduous (broadleaf) trees that it is time to close down for the winter, conserve energy and prevent it from losing precious nutrients. A tree is sensitive to its surrounding environment and responds to changes by hormones which in autumn switch from...

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Rare Lichen at Burnham Beeches

Rare Lichen at Burnham Beeches Burnham Beeches had been pretty much written off as unimportant for lichens as it was assumed pollution from London would have led to the demise of interesting species.  One particularly important species – the Pox lichen (Pyrenula nitida) – was known to survive, but only on one dead Beech tree....

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Veteran Trees and Their Importance to Bats

Veteran trees and their importance to bats Veteran trees are impressive natural structures of great age and biological importance and this abstract from an 1876 diary entry by The Reverend Francis Kilvert highlights the age and magnificence of our veteran trees: “those grey old men of Moccas, those grey, gnarled, low-browed, knock-kneed, bowed, bent, huge,...

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I’m Livin’ in a Box – Artificial Habitats for Beetles

One of the key research themes within the Sustainability Research Institute is how to build wildlife-friendly human infrastructure. My PhD project takes this concept one step further. I will be attempting to build houses for beetles. If I asked you to think about forest insects, what images spring to mind? For many it would be...

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Community Arts Diary

I'm standing in a park with my hand on a tree that looks like the plant version of 93 year old - all lines, bumps and rolls - there's so much detail to be found when looking closely. I feel wiser just by looking at it?! It's 10 o'clock in the morning on a blustery...

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Pollarding tress: "the cyclical removal of tree growth above 2 metres" Many ancient trees in this country have a pollard history but their pollarding stopped a long time ago. This was for a variety of reasons such as replacing wood fuel with coal and removing commoner’s rights in the 1773 Enclosures Act. With the passing...

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Life begins at 400! #ourancients

In our last two Willow Tit blogs, we introduced the project itself and then looked at why it’s been chosen for Back from the Brink. In this blog piece, we’re focussing on how you can spot a Willow Tit and what you can do when that happens.

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