Sunday, 8 November 2015

Barnies and beeches

Our efforts from last weekend: another three top-notch, all-weather proof barn owl boxes up and ready for go! Later the farmer phoned to say a barnie had been seen hunting very nearby so fingers crossed for next year. Until then, they will be greatly appreciated for roosting in.

Further down the wood I noticed this tall beech tree with a some curious 'growths' halfway up. Closer inspection revealed what was going on: co-dominant stems have grown up with the classic jutting 'included' bark. This creates a weak union; chuck a very strong wind from the wrong direction and you would expect catastrophic failure at this point, however, it looks pretty good for the time being!