Our GREEN and PLEAS­ANT land?

Bird Watching (UK) - - August Id Challenge -

WHEN WIL­LIAM BLAKE first penned his 1804 poem ‘And did those feet in an­cient time’ he con­jured up vi­sions of a na­tion full of lush land­scapes and rolling vis­tas, habi­tats for wildlife and a source of eco­nomic growth. Trees are vi­tal habi­tats for wildlife. Twelve species of bird are associated with ash trees or ash wood­land. Bullfinches eat the winged seeds. Nuthatches, chif­fchaffs, black­caps and wrens use the trees for nest­ing (source: Mitchell et al 2014*). The UK is at risk of los­ing mil­lions of trees to pests and dis­eases which could se­ri­ously dam­age our beloved land­scapes and wildlife pop­u­la­tions. Ob­ser­va­tree is a project that aims to help pro­tect UK trees, woods and forests from new pests and dis­eases through early de­tec­tion and re­port­ing. Early de­tec­tion gives us the high­est chances of con­trol­ling or mon­i­tor­ing any out­breaks.

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