Exmoor Tree Condition (Phenology) Survey

Since 2006, Exmoor National Park has been carrying out surveys of the timings of leaf and bud burst in beech and sessile oak as part of the Exmoor Tree Condition Survey.  The study of seasonal timings in living things is called ‘phenology’ and helps us to build a picture of how climate change is affecting the natural world on Exmoor.  Each year, from early April until the end of May, we monitor the same 90 trees in a mixture of woodland and hedgerows.  Our volunteers have been an integral part of the process, and we’re looking to recruit more to help us in this important work.