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Follow that tree: April 2014

The great ash outside our house is moving forward into April. I’ve committed to blog about it on 7 of each month.

Last month when I signed up it was all in a hurry on a busy allotment day.

I’m determined to do better now.

The temperature in our district has been consistently high for spring for the last four weeks.


This week’s temperatures as you can see remain mild. The other ash trees in the area are further into bud than this one though as it gets less sun through the day than some. It has those crusty looking brown signs of spring.


The tree circumference is 73.5″ or 187 cms
The tree height is (soon to be available I’m going to edit that in when I get home from work)

Or so I thought.
I borrowed this



But then this happened. So measuring will happen tomorrow.


I suggested last month that it was likely to be around sixty years old.


There are birds in our street in large numbers from blackbirds, magpies, jays, great tits, blue tits, long tail tits, robins, dunnocks, thrushes and jackdaws.

Getting images of them actually in the tree is tricky.

Here’s one particular fan of the tree who really likes spending time there.



The red ringed green parrot population in The Netherlands is massive. Spreading across the key cities are flocks if thousands. A large number focus their attention on our locality. They seem to like our feeders.

European feral parrots

There are also parrot populations in the South East of England


13 comments on “Follow that tree: April 2014

  1. andy1076
    April 7, 2014

    Wow of all visitors! never would of guessed this one 🙂


  2. Chloris
    April 7, 2014

    How exotic having parrots feeding in your ash tree.
    I am glad the buds haven’ t opened yet because of the old saying: ‘If the ash comes out before the oak we’ll get a soak.’


  3. silverbells2012
    April 8, 2014

    I had absolutely no idea there were feral parrots anywhere in Europe lol… Guess they must have escaped from zoos and people’s homes?


    • lizard100
      April 8, 2014

      I think they may have started in the seventies. It’s spectacular I. Autumn when an apparently ‘green’ tree spread flies away!


  4. Laura Bloomsbury
    April 9, 2014

    interesting tree measurer! as for the parakeets, we’ve ring-necked and monks varieties – they’ve been put on the invasive pest list here and deemed a threat to native habitats. Look forward to more on your Ash


    • lizard100
      April 9, 2014

      I haven’t tried it yet. Should be fun now the rain has stopped.


  5. bassenormandie
    April 15, 2014

    I love the parakeets! I’ve seen a big, squawking group of them arguing (so it looked and sounded) in trees in Green Park, London – just off Piccadilly. I’ve been hearing about proposed culls in London for some years… whether it will ever happen or, in fact, whether it needs to happen, I don’t know. I look forward to reading more about your ash.
    Best wishes from Carole @ La Fosse, Normandy, France.


    • lizard100
      April 15, 2014

      Thanks very much. They’re now listed in bird books for Europe. A little closer to native. Immigration I guess : ) I never noticed them in London but see them often in amsterdam too. It’s like that French drink ‘green parrot’


  6. Lucy Corrander
    April 21, 2014

    That’s an interesting idea – to note the temperature in relation to what the tree is ‘doing’.


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