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Observed: 18th October 2011 By: galma1
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What would make these marks on a tree in a hazel copse, there are squirrels here, and plenty of obvious markings on the hazel trees, but these I feel are slightly different. The scrapes are about head height, 5ft.4" and well indented into the tree.

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    Confidence: It's likely to be this, but I can't be certain.
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galma1's picture

unidentified markings

Thanks for that, you're possibly right, I'll keep an eye out when walking in future!

Beagle's picture

Tree markings?

Are there similar tree markings present in the same copse or is this the only one? Do the linear patterns mark a pathway? Does the landowner know about it? Regards


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I agree with Refugee, these are most probably human. They are too high for any mammal other than squirrel, however, squirrels tend to remove bark around the tree, ring-barking it - thus killing the tree. They could have been made by wood boring beetles but they are too straight and regular for that.

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It's puzzling ...

I agree it's puzzling: my colleague at the National Trust knows of archaeological sites in the same area. Perhaps this might open up another line of enquiry. Who knows?