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Identifying trees from buds and twigs

Identifying trees from buds and twigs

18/02/2014

Identifying bare winter trees from buds and twigs

We found this activity for the outdoors on
Nature Detectives.

This is an activity for your garden, park, nature walk or school playing field, pretty much anywhere you can find are a variety of trees.

Normally we identify trees by their overall shape, their leaf shapes and their fruits or seeds. During the winter months trees are mostly bare and this makes it harder to identify what type they are (e.g. oak, ash, apple or pear).

Using the 'Winter Twigs' identification sheet below you will be able to identify types of trees by their buds and by the shapes and bark on their twigs.

The sheet encourages children to look at bare trees in a new way, to see differences in what may look like similar bare trees, and to use their observation skills to identify them from bare twigs and buds.





You can find the identification sheet here.



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