Ancient tree spotter sheet

Age 6+

Activity Type

spotter sheets

Activity Season

spring autumn winter summer

Activity Topic

Tree ID

Activity Key Stage

Key Stage 2

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Ancient tree spotter sheet

Learn how to identify the UK's oldest trees.

Look for trees that are:

  • Short and fat, with wide trunks
  • Hollow
  • Covered in knobbly, warty bits
  • Missing their crown (top)
  • Rough and craggy, with lots of nooks and crannies in the bark
  • Home to heaps of fungi, mosses and lichens

Trees grow old in different ways, so they don't all look like this. But if you find a tree with lots of these features there's a good chance it's ancient.

Did you know? Ancient trees are among the oldest living things on the planet! They can be thousands of years old and are very important for wildlife.

Found an ancient tree? Add it to our map.

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