Mistletoe activities for the 2011-2012 season
For the 2011/12 winter season we are launching a new project, the Mistletoe League, to investigate mistletoe on fruit trees - aiming to gather information on mistletoe management in orchards and gardens, including data on which varieties of fruit tree mistletoe prefers.
This is a subject area where there is currently very little hard data (despite lots of anecdotal information) and it's hoped the new initiative will help determine future mistletoe management needs. Details are available at www.british.mistletoe.org.uk.
Ongoing mistletoe initiatives from earlier in the year include re-assessment of mistletoe's Uk distribution, investigating reported increased spread in some areas, and further studies of mistletoe-dependent insects. A review of this has recently been published in British Wildlife magazine (Vol 23.1 October 2011).