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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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13 January, 2010

Silver Birch (Betula pendula) [2 of 4]

The 'silver' bark is unique, it is the defining feature of this tree and makes identification possible from even quite a way off.

On younger trees the bark is almost unblemished but as it grows larger and older so these warty areas appear and that is why this is sometimes called the Warty Birch.