The ex­pert view

BBC Wildlife Magazine - - VIEWPOINT -

Sur­viv­ing for up to 3,000 years, yews have wit­nessed some mon­u­men­tal mo­ments in our his­tory, and pro­vide shel­ter for many nest­ing birds. They now have bet­ter pro­tec­tion from de­vel­op­ment, un­der the na­tional plan­ning pol­icy. But if we don’t know where these an­cient trees are, we can’t save them from de­struc­tion – we still need more peo­ple to join the hunt and add their lo­cal an­cient trees to our An­cient Tree In­ven­tory. Kylie Harrison Mel­lor is a cit­i­zen sci­ence of­fi­cer for the Wood­land Trust.

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