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Identify a tree to study

Investigating trees is both simple and rewarding. It is not too difficult so with only a little practice you can quickly become an expert in monitoring and recording the changes in trees throughout the year.

First you need to find out what trees are in or near your school grounds. We have listed six common trees, some of which you should be able to find nearby! You can look at just one or all six of the following trees:

  1. Oak (Quercus sp.)
  2. Beech (Fagus sylvatica)
  3. Horse Chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum)
  4. Birch (Betula sp.)
  5. Rowan (Sorbus aucuparia)
  6. Lime (Tilia sp.)

It is also best to identify trees that are mature. Young trees may show unusual responses to key events each year. If this is not possible then younger trees can be used. When you have identified your tree and collected some basic information you are ready to start. You will need to keep looking for and record different stages of the trees development throughout the year.

Tree and phenophase key