What is Street Creatures?  This is the game I run on Twitter every Friday. I’ve
collected all the past quizzes here in one place so you can either relive them, or play
them for the first time.

How does it work?  Provided are four, seemingly unrelated clues, that are all
connected by a wild organism that can be found in a city. Look at the four clues,
do some research, and when you think you’ve figured it out, click on ‘Answer’
to reveal what connects the clues, and how they are connected.

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Quiz #28 Clues


Answer (Don't click until you've solved it)

Birch (Betula)


The birch, specifically the Silver Birch (Betula pendula) is the national tree of Finland. It’s an iconic tree that has a myriad of uses in Finland and is used a lot in design.

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Birch trees are pioneer species, meaning they’re among the first to colonize a landscape after a disturbance. But they’re not long-lived trees so their motto is live fast, die young.

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Birch is steeped in folklore and it’s often associated with fertility. In Scotland, the birch was used as the maypole for the Beltane celebration (May Day) and also burned for the celebration fires.

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The birch is also entwined in Celtic mythology and Beithe is the first tree of Ogham, the Celtic tree alphabet and coincides with the beginning of the year.

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