The Tree Survey methodology is part of the NWT’s Schools Pack for #30DaysWild. I see no reason not to do it myself.
My Tree Survey
- My tree is a purple prunus, or ornamental cherry. It’s about the size of two stories and its trunk is just about possible for me to hug.
- I put a sheet under my tree and shook the branches to see if anything fell out. It didn’t
- I didn’t see any insects, but some of the leaves had nibbles or pecks in them
- There are many visits by baby birds and their parents; blue tits, great tits, a robin, a blackbird, and a chaffinch. They use it as a stopping off post and queueing station for the seed feeder.
- The lichens seem to be ones that grow in moderately clean to slightly polluted air.
- Undergrowth around the base might be crowding it. The grass around the tree is drying out quickly. The tree is using a lot of water, probably because it’s been very windy.
The tree is reasonably healthy but could do with some thinning out of new branches. I could add some fertiliser around the base. It also needs rain (as does the rest of the garden).
You can do it too! It’s all part of #30DaysWild challenge of June.