Challenging Habitat Blog

Can you tell an oak from a chestnut, wild cherry from a beech or ash and a holly from a hazel, by just looking at the bark?

How about the difference between young and mature trees?

For some species, it’s not that easy, and when I tried on my woodland walk today, I also looked at the growth habit, shape of branches, dormant leaf buds and yes, the dominant leaf litter around its base.

Featured image: a young holly

Darwin200 Episode 9: Marine Biodiversity

Ship wrecks are often attractive artificial reefs for marine species. Dr Rohan Holt discovers abundant biodiversity in southern UK waters.

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