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Holes in limes Paul Darby 080412 & 03 2011

Observed: 8th April 2012 By: Paul John Darby
Wiltshire & Swindon Biological Records Centre
holes in lime 1 Paul Darby 080412
holes in lime 3 Paul Darby 080412
Cowleaze Copse lime holes1 Paul Darby 310311small

mature and maturing small-leaved lime trunks have a series of holes, often in horizontal lines. Mostly not fresh holes, except those seen in 2011.

Species interactions

No interactions present.


chrisbrooks's picture

Forestry work

It looks suspiciously like the work of forestry equipment, is the area managed in that way ?

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I see what you mean, but I

I see what you mean, but I think not,I am checking with the owner of one of the trees she will be able to confirm . I think that gt spotted woodpecker more likely ? suggested

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See and for something similar.



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Martin Harvey's picture


The holes look too large and ragged round the edges to be of insect origin, and my guess would also be woodpecker. Great Spotted apparently does suck sap in the spring, and limes are one of its preferred trees for doing so, according to this extract from "BWP" (= Birds of the Western Palearctic?):

and this website on European woodpeckers (scroll down to the paragraph on ringing):

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