Monday, 29 November 2010

Monthly Feature with Sarah Buckingham from Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust

Today's topic with Sarah from Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust (HMWT) was all about TREES!

Sarah told us that the wildlife trust has just taken part in a tree planting event at BALLS WOOD near Hertford. Over the course of a day, many HAZEL and WILLOW trees were planted for the good of local wildlife and the environment.

Door mice like HAZEL trees for the hazel nuts they produce and WILLOW trees are very good at attracting the 'Purple Emperor' buterfly which is a very rare species.

The trust has over has over 43 reserves, many of which have great examples of trees and particulary ancient trees. Check out the HMWT website to locate some of the many reserves you can visit.

Trees in garden wre also mentioned in the feature this month. Recommended garden trees that don't get too big are wild cherry, crab apple, hazel, hawthorn and holly. These trees are all native British trees and are great for wildlife as they provide berries, which is a valuable food source for many birds, and also shelter during the colder months. Other wildlife that need trees to survive include insects. Over 300 species of insect live in or on trees. If you want to give a gift to wildlife, particulary insects - plant a tree!

And if you want to make another sort of gift inspired by wildlife visit the HMWT website. They have lots of ideas on how to have some fun making wildlife-inspired gifts for your friends and family this Christmas.

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