Scaly Male Fern

Identification features of the Scaly Male Fern (click to enlarge)

Scaly Male Fern (Dryopteris affinis) is easy to mix up with the commoner Male Fern (Dryopteris filix-mas) so here is a picture, labelled with a few key identification features.

Scaly Male Fern was one of the species identified on my latest session of Natureheads nature coaching. My latest student and I also noted the songs of different birds (my favourite sighting was a group of Goldfinch and Lesser Redpoll feeding upside-down on birch) and examined the condition of different habitats in early spring. He learned about some of the plants, including how to identify trees from their winter twigs. Read more…

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