Mistletoe survey

NatHistCam is a project to survey wildlife – plants and animals – in the City of Cambridge.

We would like to invite you to help us find Mistletoe in the city.
We know it is quite common but we would like to collect up-to-date information on where it is growing.

Mistletoe (Viscum album) is an evergreen hemiparastic plant, one which needs other plants to grow on, found throughout northern Europe.  It grows on trees such as poplars and fruit trees, and is fairly obvious in winter, when there are no leaves to obscure it. Usually Mistletoe looks like a ball of green growth in a tree.

Don’t confuse it with the twiggy growths sometimes found in trees, or birds’ nests! If you have binoculars they may help you check your identification.