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Observed: 13th December 2010 By: mm25739
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - course complete
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Witches broom in old Scots pine


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  • Witches broom (Taphrina?)
    Confidence: I'm as sure as I can be.
    Likely ID
    a witch's broom (Taphrina sp.)
    Confidence: I'm as sure as I can be.
Species interactions

No interactions present.


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I'm not sure about there being a "witch's broom". Perhaps this is a bird nest?

Robert Homan

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But there again...

Now I've got my glasses on, the surrounding branches look too thin to support a nest of that size. There is a witch's broom mentioned in Scots Pine in Redfern and Stacey - cause unknown and apparently restricted to northern Scotland and E England.

Robert Homan

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witches broom

I'm pretty sure it's not a bird's nest. It has been there for years. (Unless we have weaver birds in Scotland!) There is one in a beech tree as well so perhaps this area suits the fungus?

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It is not a nest

There more commom on birch and ash in my area which is Northumberland and we call them whitches Broom too. It is caused by a virus.There is a large section about them in a Tree book I have but I cannot find the book at the moment,they look like huge balls in some trees


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Thanks. We have several

Thanks. We have several growing on birch trees but I've never seen one on another pine. Moyna