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I have been interested in nature for most of my life but since I retired I spend as much time as I can exploring the nature reserves and wildlife hotspots of my adopted home, Dorset in southern England. Whilst out I record what I see and take snaps where I can (I am no photographer!) and that forms the basis of my Nature of Dorset website. When I find something new I like to research it and write about it in my nature notes, it is how I learn and hopefully you might find my notes helpful as well!

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12 January, 2010

Ash (Fraxinus execlsior) [1 of 4]

Continuing my look at trees in winter here is second of the 'big three' native trees (ie big in stature and big in numbers).

The Ash is a fine, tall, upstanding member of the tree community. The main trunk reaches a point where it divides in to many branches that go upwards rather than stretching outwards.

They are usually found in clusters too, rather than as occasional loan trees like the Oak. It is a widely distributed tree across the country and can be found extensively in Dorset.

It is one of the last to get its leaves in spring and yet one of the earliest to shed its leaves in autumn.