Colourful leaves of beech (Fagus sylvatica) in Thompson’s Park, Cardiff, at the end of November 2016


Here we are again with the monthly shout-out to all tree followers. If you are new to tree following, read all about it here.

In Cardiff we are right at the end of autumn and the beginning of winter, so the days are getting shorter and colder but there are still some colourful leaves remaining on beech trees, a few varieties of maple and even the oak tree I am following, which I will write a post about later this week.

Meanwhile whether you are already a tree follower or not, it could be time to think about finding your tree to follow next year. No rush, you can join in at any time and you don’t really have to do it every single month – but I do hope some of you will continue the journey with me in 2017.

You will find the tree-following link box below – I look forward to reading all your news. The box will close at 7pm GMT on December 14.


Grey wagtail (Motacilla cinerea) on the neighbour’s roof on the first day of December

It’s that time of year when I start to see birds again. The greenery that has been hiding them all summer has now fallen away to reveal our winged friends. They have probably been there all along, just not noticed since last spring. Continue Reading »


Fallen horse chestnut in Thompson’s Park, Cardiff, in June 2016

This is the story of the life after death of the horse chestnut tree (Aesculus hippocastanum) blown down in Storm Imogen in Early February. It stood in Thompson’s Park, Cardiff, and I have been keeping an eye on it all year. Continue Reading »


Pasteur, Lister, Hunter and Jenner feature on the Queen’s Buildings of Cardiff University

I have often passed Cardiff University’s Queen’s Buildings in Newport Road, usually when I am on the bus and stuck in traffic. And the stone faces above the door always intrigued me. So much so that I went there on a day off a while back to take some pictures and find out more. This post explores what I discovered about the building and the scientists over the door… Continue Reading »

Here is another selection of tree news articles from around the world. Click on each of the pictures if you would like to read the full stories.

Fallen jacaranda at university will be replaced


When it collapsed last month, the beloved jacaranda of the University of Sydney was publicly mourned by students past and present, but now it will be replaced, says the Sydney Morning Herald…

HS2 rail link ‘will destroy ancient woodland’


The HS2 rail link will destroy irreplaceable ancient woodland that has been continuously wooded for hundreds of years, says the Telegraph…

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Autumn leaves on the oak tree (Quercus robur) in Cardiff’s Thompson’s Park


I had hoped by now that the oak tree (Quercus robur) I am following in Cardiff’s Thompson’s Park would be gold all over, but it seems to be one of the last trees to change colour, along with one or two stubborn ash trees (Fraxinus excelsior) I have seen around.

It has been a wonderful autumn for trees in the city this year, as we have had mostly cold and dry weather throughout October. See my other autumn blog posts here.

Most of the following pictures were taken on November 10. Continue Reading »


Fallen beech leaves (Fagus sylvatica)


Here we are again with the monthly shout-out to all tree followers. If you are new to tree following, read all about it here.

In the northern hemisphere it is glorious autumn, but if you are in the south it must be spring – an ideal time to choose a tree to follow for a year, so why not join us?

The tree-following link box closed on November 14, but at the bottom of this post you will find links to all the wonderful contributions we received this month… Continue Reading »