Before the next recent sightings entry, a shameless plug. The Cwm yr Esgob oak, at RSPB Carngafallt, Rhayader, has been nominated for the Woodland Trust Wales' Tree of the Year Award. It is a wonderful tree, thought to be at least half a century old, and boasts many classic features of veterans, of which a rather large rowan air tree is perhaps the most immediately striking. I urge you to vote for it! For more details of this and other trees in the competition, and to vote, please visit The competition closes on the 9th.

The Cwm yr Esgob oak, with ecologist Ray Woods for scale (L.F. Williams)