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Snowy Mespil

The Snowy Mespil, also known as the Juneberry, Snowy Mespilus or Serviceberry, is a deciduous shrub or small tree, originally from North America but now growing wild in Europe, including Britain. It is an ornamental tree planted widely in gardens for its delicate...

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Cherry Blossom in Spring

The Wild Cherry Prunus avium is widely planted in new woodlands, parks, gardens and streets. It has ‘single’ flowers. Note that a ‘single’ flower has 5 petals, a ‘semi-double’ flower has 2 rows of 5 petals and a ‘double’ has 3 or more rows. ‘Double’ flowers arise when...

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Trees in flower in Spring

Two trees come into flower at the same time  in early spring. The Common Pear has white flowers and the Norway Maple has green flowers. Viewed from a distance one tree looks white and the other green.The Common Pear, also known as the Wild Pear, is probably of West...

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Blackthorn

Blackthorn Prunus spinosa                                                                                                                                The Blackthorn is a small thorny tree or shrub, usually found in farm hedgerows, but often planted in urban areas....

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Magnolias

Magnolia trees and shrubs are members of a very large genus containing between 120 and 230 species depending on the classification system used. The genus is named after the French botanist Pierre Magnol. It is an ancient genus with 'primitive' flowers adapted for...

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Trees in Autumn

Trees with spectacular foliage in Autumn.  Text taken from the book Field Guide to the Trees of Britain and Europe published by Reed New Holland in 2017, author Alan Birkett and ISBN 9781921517839.  The  first photo is of the Aspen Populus tremula. This is a Poplar...

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Flowering Cherry

Flowering Cherry in spring with all images and text taken from the book Field Guide to the Trees of Britain and Europe published by Reed New Holland in 2017, author Alan Birkett and ISBN 9781921517839.                                                                   ...

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Four Urban Poplars

Four Urban Poplars with all images and text taken from the book Field Guide to the Trees of Britain and Europe published by Reed New Holland in 2017, author Alan Birkett and ISBN 9781921517839.                                                                           ...

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Early Flowering Tree

Cherry Plum with all images and text taken from the book Field Guide to the Trees of Britain and Europe published by Reed New Holland in 2017, author Alan Birkett and ISBN 9781921517839.                                                                                 ...

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Ash flowers in March

Ash flowers in March - with all images and text taken from the book Field Guide to the Trees of Britain and Europe published by Reed New Holland in 2017, author Alan Birkett and ISBN 9781921517839. The Common Ash tree produces flowers in March before the leaves.  The...

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Last Alder in Leaf

Last Alder in Leaf - with all images and text taken from the book Field Guide to the Trees of Britain and Europe published by Reed New Holland in 2017, author Alan Birkett and ISBN 9781921517839. Italian Alders are the last Alders to shed their leaves and may still be...

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Spruce or Fir

Spruce or Fir with all images and text taken from the book Field Guide to the Trees of Britain and Europe published by Reed New Holland in 2017, author Alan Birkett and ISBN 9781921517839.                                                                               ...

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Two False Cedars

Identification of two False Cedars with all images and text taken from the book Field Guide to the Trees of Britain and Europe published by Reed New Holland in 2017, author Alan Birkett and ISBN 9781921517839. There are two similar trees named Cedars that are  not...

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Medlar

Medlar Tree  with all images and text taken from the book Field Guide to the Trees of Britain and Europe published by Reed New Holland in 2017, author Alan Birkett and ISBN 9781921517839.                                                                                 ...

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Spindle Tree in Autumn

Spindle Tree in Autumn with all images and text taken from the book Field Guide to the Trees of Britain and Europe published by Reed New Holland in 2017, author Alan Birkett and ISBN 9781921517839.                                                                       ...

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Two Deciduous Conifers

Identification of two Deciduous Conifers with all images and text taken from the book Field Guide to the Trees of Britain and Europe published by Reed New Holland in 2017, author Alan Birkett and ISBN 9781921517839. Not all conifers are evergreen. Here are two...

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English and Sessile Oak

All images and text are taken from the book Field Guide to the Trees of Britain and Europe published by Reed New Holland in 2017, author Alan Birkett and ISBN 9781921517839.    There are 2 native oaks in Britain, the English Oak and the Sessile Oak. From a...

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Trees in Autumn

The Claret Ash is now very common in parks and on streets, where it is planted for its spectacular autumn display, produced when its green leaves turn red or purple (claret). It is a cultivated variety of one of the natural forms of Narrow-leaved Ash with the...

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Book Launch

My book was launched in mid September by Reed New Holland Publishers. The title is Field Guide to The Trees of Britain and Europe, the author is Alan Birkett and the ISBN is 9781921517839. The book is available on-line from Waterstones  or Amazon UK or from any...

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Field Guide to British Trees

Just delivered the text and images to the publishers New Holland in London for a book with the working title Field Guide to British Trees, which will be published in spring 2017. It is based on the Tree Guide UK apps and includes over 1000 images and 47000 words of...

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Tree Guide UK app Premium Edition

A new edition of the Tree Guide UK app is in the Apple Store now. The Premium edition contains comprehensive and fully illustrated information on 215 trees. This edition includes the more common trees found in the Standard Edition but adds 104 trees that are less...

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Aspen and Poplar Catkins

In February, March and April Aspen and Poplar catkins start to appear. These trees have male and female catkins on different trees. Male catkins release pollen and female catkins produce the white fluffy seeds that carpet the floor in April and May. All the photos in...

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Hazel catkins in winter

  The Common Hazel is easy to identify in winter because it bears male catkins which open to release pollen at any time between late December and late April. The pollen is wind dispersed. All photos in this post are taken from the Tree Guide UK app. The catkin...

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Oak identification in winter

There are 3 deciduous oaks that you are likely to see in the wild. They are the English Oak, the Sessile Oak and the Turkey Oak. In winter you can't identify them from a distance but if you look closely at their buds and old acorn cups you should be able to tell one...

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Sweet Chestnut identification in winter

In winter one of the easiest trees to identify is the Sweet Chestnut.  You can't id the tree from a distance by its shape but if you look closely at the bark, buds and shoots and then look for old leaves and old fruit underneath the tree,  you can be sure that it is a...

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Winter Tree Identification by Thorns

In winter you may come across two thorn trees that look similar, the Common Hawthorn and the Blackthorn. If you look carefully at the thorns, however, you should be able to tell one from the other. The photos shown below are all taken from the Tree Guide UK app....

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Winter Tree Identification

The deciduous trees are now shedding their leaves and won't grow a new set until spring. But you can still identify these trees using this guide by examining the buds, bark, old leaves, old fruit, thorns or catkins. The photos shown below are all taken from the Tree...

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New Version of the Tree Guide UK app

A new version (1.03) of the Tree Guide UK app is now online at the app store and can be downloaded. This version has been updated for iOS7. It corrects an issue with Tree Information columns sometimes not displaying or displaying incorrectly.

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Milton Keynes Natural History Society

A note, describing the Tree Guide UK app, was added to the Milton Keynes Natural History Society website main page on the 12th of August Milton Keynes Natural History Society

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