Sprinkle some magic on your winter adventures
Winter may be the season of bare trees and hibernating animals, but woods are still full of life and there are lots of adventures to be had – for adults and children! So grab your winter woollies, get a lungful of crisp, fresh air and start exploring your local wood with these ideas from the Woodland Trust.
Identify winter twigs
Once leaves have fallen to the ground, twigs and buds give the best clues to a tree’s identity in winter. Download the Woodland Trust’s printable twig ID sheet and use it to identify trees in your local wood, park or street.
Top tip: Look for fallen leaves and seeds under your feet too, as they can provide extra clues. If you find lots of the same type of leaf or seed surrounding a tree, there’s a good chance they came from that tree.
Hunt for animal tracks
Winter gives us lots of opportunities to discover animal tracks in mud, frost and snow. Keep your eyes peeled as you explore, can you find any paw, hoof or footprints on the forest floor? Follow them, where do they lead you? Download the Woodland Trust’s printable ID guide to see if you can tell which animal might have left them.