Prestwood Nature

Can you identify trees in winter?

On 3rd. December, Prestwood Nature members were invited to join a Central Chilterns Botany Group walk on how to identify trees from their winter twigs.

It was a cold day, but we managed to find a good number of different trees and used a ‘botanical identification key’  guide (see the tabs below) to see if we could work out what trees we were looking at.

We found the Species Recovery Trust key the easiest to use  All in all it was an interesting morning and we learned a lot about twig shape, colour and the names for various parts and markers.

We thought you might like to try your own winter twig ID session as a Christmas holiday activity – the identification guide can be downloaded below.

We wish you all a very happy and healthy 2023 – full of nature.

Winter Trees: a key to common trees and shrubs by Leif Bersweden


Click here to download this 22 page guide showing how to identify 36 trees and shrubs from their winter twigs.

Woodland Trust Twig ID sheet
Great for our younger members.  Take it around with you to see how many you can find.
Click here to download it.

How good are you identifying trees in winter?



Here are links to quizzes from Buzzfeed and from Woodland Trust.

Give them a go!

New membership system for Prestwood Nature

This year Prestwood Nature is introducing a new, secure on-line membership system which will make it much easier for new members to join us and for existing members to manage their subscriptions.

Prestwood Nature Newsletters

The current version of the newsletter is reserved for members only but we are building up an archive of past issues that are available for anyone to download.   Find it on our Membership Page.

Aims of Prestwood Nature

The primary aim of Prestwood Nature is to: Enhance the quality of the natural environment through the involvement of local people.

We do this by:

  1. Restoring and maintaining sites to preserve natural resources
  2. Guided walks led by knowledgeable members to increase awareness of the natural environment
  3. Arrange talks on subjects of interest to our members
  4. Produce a regular newsletter for members
  5. Maintain records of plant and animal life in order to see how the environment is changing in response to climate change and other pressures

See our Activities page for more about what we do.

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