Day 25: Today is Throw Back Thursday!
In 2015 I went painted gorilla spotting on the streets of Norwich. I made fat balls for the garden birds in 2016 and took a wildlife filled trip to Lunt Meadows Nature Reserve in 2017. I got up close and personal with goldfinches in 2018, and in 2019 I attempted to ID some trees via their leaves.
For 2020’s Throw Back Thursday I shall return to the topic of trees. Forestry England has some fab downloadable content, of which Tree Trumps is one of them.
Here’s some facts from the game:
- The UK’s tallest tree the Douglas Fir has a non-flammable bark which protects forests from fires
- Black poplar is the most endangered native tree, due to habitat loss and cross breeding
- Horse chestnut leaf stalks leave a scar on the twigs in the shape of a horseshoe
- There are 10 yew trees in the UK thought to predate the 10th century
- The Romans ground chestnuts from the sweet chestnut to make flour
- Downy birch aided the industrial revolution, its wood was used for the cotton industry and leather tanning
I would definitely recommend a download of the game to print and challenge your family and friends. It was a lot of fun!
What is your favourite tree? Mine is the hawthorn or May tree as it has beautiful flowers in spring and berries for hungry birds in autumn.
Thanks for reading, and stay wild!