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Ancient Oak Tree

Observed: 2nd June 2011 By: mab735
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - current student
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Tree 2 2nd June 2011
Description:

An English Oak tree situated in the middle of an area where 4 main woodland paths cross in Lesnes Abbey Woods. It's girth is 278cm, making it slightly slim for an Ancient Oak. However, I observed holes in the trunk (as pictured). This tree has also been coppiced. I noticed Algae on the North side of the lower trunk and grey crustose Lichen was present all around the lower trunk. In addition, it was apparent that there were small beetles present (not identified). If anyone can say what might have made the hole in the photograph (clearly something had burrowed into the trunk - this was about five feet from the ground) I would be interested to hear what it might have been as there were no signs of anything living within or around the hole that might have been responsible. Using the method suggested on www.stuffynewood.com of girth divided by 1.25cm, this tree is approx. 222 years old.

Identifications
  • English Oak
    Confidence: I'm as sure as I can be.
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