Tree Identification: How To Identify Ash in Winter

Learn how to confidently identify the Ash (Fraxinus excelsior) in the depths of winter.
Seriously boost your tree identification skills with this video course. Presented by James Kendall, Lead Bushcraft Instructor & Social Forester at Woodland Classroom Ltd.

In winter, there are of course no leaves on the trees. So, I show you how to identify species by using the twigs, buds, bark, what's under the tree, shape & form and other key features. You'll never look at a tree the same way again!

This video is a preview of our much more comprehensive Tree ID video course series which will cover around 50 species of native and common tree species in the United Kingdom. This online course is COMING SOON. If you would like to know more about this video course series and the release of future videos, leave a comment here or get in touch with us direct at

A Personal Message To All Our Supporters

Following the coronavirus pandemic we have sadly but understandably had a lot of our upcoming work cancelled or postponed for the foreseeable future. Like many small businesses we are facing tough times. But there is a way YOU can help and it won't cost you a penny.
Simply visit our YouTube channel and subscribe, then watch a few videos.
If we get enough view we can monetise our channel and earn some revenue from advertisers – this would be a big help going forward.
Thanks so much for your support.
James and Lea

Top 5 Books: Outdoor Activities for Kids

I list my Top 5 books which parents can use to get their kids learning outdoors, doing some great activities. These books are perfect for any family who is homeschooling, parents who want their kids to get outdoors more, and families whose kids love being outside and want to take things to the next level.
Parents ask us a lot where they can get ideas for themselves to inspire their kids to get outdoors more. I work as a Forest School Leader and Outdoor Educator so these books come tried and tested.

If you like these books, or you love an outdoor activity book which is not listed here then tell us about the book in the comments section below.

Thanks for watching!

Get FREE outdoor learning resources for kids, from us at:


1. The Stick Book by Fiona Danks & Jo Schofield:
2. 101 Things To Do Outside with Kids by Dan Isaac:
3. FSC Identification Charts:
4. Cook Wild by Susanne Fischer-Rizzi:
5. Forest School Adventure by Naomi Walmsley & Dan Westall:

Tree Tools For Schools:

My Moment of Nature Connection

It shouldn't be hard to reconnect with nature. All we need to do is to start looking and listening. This video was made without planning, I just wanted to share what I had seen and heard with our audience to demonstrate how simple and accessible it is to reconnect with nature. Anyone can do it, everyone should do it. I encourage everyone to take time out of their busy lives to spend on their own, immersed in nature.

You can get more FREE resources to get reconnected with nature by visiting our website:

We also host courses in Nature Connection, Mindfulness in the Woods, Forest Bathing and Bushcraft Skills. If you would like to know more, just go to:

#natureconnection #birdwatching #wellbeing

How to Identify Oak Trees: An Easy Way to Tell Our 2 Native Species Apart.

Our two native oak tree species can look pretty similar at first glance. Here, I how you my easy and memorable method to distinguish between the Pedunculate Oak and the Sessile Oak. This works great with kids but adults can use it too. Believe it or not, this method involves pixies 🙂

You can get more FREE resources to get reconnected with nature by visiting our website:

I also host courses in Identifying Trees and am currently producing my own year long Britidh Trees ID video guide. If you would like to know more, just go to: