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Is this an evidence of an animal? or does tree naturally do this?

Observed: 2nd January 2012 By: chloe1
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - current student
Is this an evidence of an animal? or does tree naturally do this?
Description:

I think its a birch tree and bark has been peeled of about a metre up tree, could it be a mammel or bird doing this or is it natural?

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Comments

Jon Storey's picture

Larch

Looks like larch to me, most likely culprit is a deer though I have seen squirrels strip bark like this.

Nick Upton's picture

Frayed tree trunk

Roe and other kinds of deer do use their antlers to rub off bark and fray the wood underneath during the autumn rut and while marking territories in spring, and I don't think they care if the tree is alive or dead, so deer damage / fraying would be my guess.

Nick Upton, naturalist and photographer.