There's more to wildlife than fur and feathers. Here's your chance to 'branch' out.
Looking at a tree's leaves and seeds is a great way to help identify the different types that you might find around you.
Also, you can do all sorts of cool things with seeds! Play conkers with horse chestnuts, turn sycamore seeds into helicopters when you throw them into the air and make pinecones into homemade bird feeders (or even a model hedgehog with the help of some stick-on googly eyes!).
Are you doing this activity as part of your ild Challenge? Take a look at your progress and go for gold!
Did you know that we have over 50 species of native tree in the UK?
What you will need
- A bag to collect the interesting seeds and leaves you find
- Tree and shrub ID Sheet
- A tree guide (if you want to go into more detail)
- Camera or smartphone
- Find some trees! Look out for ones that produce really good seeds, or have interestingly shaped leaves, like horse chestnuts, oak and sycamore. In autumn and winter they'll be on the ground, but you'll need to look higher up during spring and summer. But please don't pick the leaves or seeds - try taking photos to create a photo diary instead.
- If there are lots of dry fallen leaves, pile them up, take a run-up and kick your way through them. Watch them fly into the air and descend in a fluttering cloud.
- Now to the serious business of gathering seeds and leaves. Can you match the leaf or seed to the tree? Use our guide to help.
- Don't forget to tell us when you have completed the activity! When you mark the activity as complete, you will be asked to upload a photo, drawing, painting or a piece of writing talking about your experience to help earn your award.
Completing the activity
Use the 'Mark as complete' button at the top of this page to tell us you've completed your activity. You'll need to show us what you did by uploading a photo of what you saw or your family on the look out! Alternatively, draw or paint what you saw or upload a piece of writing talking about your experience.