The OPAL Tree Health Survey, which launched in May, gives people of all ages and abilities the opportunity to learn more about our trees and help scientists protect them from pests and diseases including Ash Dieback.
The survey is best carried out when the leaves are still on the trees as signs of pests and diseases are easier to spot. With autumn fast approaching, time is running out to take part in the OPAL tree health survey this year. Now is also a prime time to spot signs of the more common conditions that affect UK trees, such as Oak mildew and the Horse Chestnut leaf miner.
All the data collected through the Tree Health Survey are being used by Forest Research and the Food and Environment Research Agency (FERA) to assess the health of our trees and woodlands, and to help monitor and control the spread of tree pests and diseases. So your results really will help!
If you would like a FREE survey pack, please contact Lauren Gough on Lauren.Gough@nottingham.ac.uk or place an order for multiple copies on the OPAL website. Each survey pack contains a workbook, field guide, a tree identification guide and a guide to some of the common tree pests and diseases affecting our Oak, Ash and Horse Chestnut trees.
Lauren Gough, OPAL Community Scientist, Room B69, School of Life Sciences, University of Nottingham, NG7 2RD
Take part in the OPAL Tree Health Survey before the leaves fall off the trees!
Visit www.opalexplorenature.org/tree-survey-sign-up to request your free survey pack.