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Measuring tape, 2m-long rod or stick, felt- tip pen, map of the area, and a computer with Internet access. A global positioning system (GPS) device may also be helpful.
TreeWatch volunteers "adopt" a tree in Europe, and observe and record changes in the the tree's visible health through regular surveys. TreeWatch's pilot project is on horse chestnuts.
Europe's trees are facing unprecedented environmental threats, including pollution and land use change. A number of new tree diseases and pests have affected trees in recent years; the horse chestnut leaf miner, acute oak decline, and red band needle blight to name a few. Scientists are working hard to monitor and understand these and other pests and diseases. However, they are small teams and increasingly stretched, both in terms of the growing demand for their expertise, and by tightening budgets. This is where you can help and make a difference.
TreeWatch aims to:
TreeWatch is open to anyone, and getting involved is completely free. Are you up to the challenge?