Sue Marshall recently filmed a Green Woodpecker (Picus viridis) on the lawn near her house in Bramcote….
It’s a nice clip of the impressive bird displaying a very characteristic behaviour – digging in the turf for ants. Thanks to Sue for sending in the video.
I’ve applauded the managers of Bramcote Hills Park in the past for their positive attitude towards retaining deadwood as a habitat. I spotted another example on a recent visit….
This Sweet Chestnut trunk (identifiable as such by the distinctive spirals) has been retained as a feature, and will be add biodiversity value to the park – note the small white fungi colonising the spiral grooves, for instance. Every park should have features like this!
Here’s an interesting tree, photographed in the woodland at Bramcote Hills Park….
It’s a fallen Sweet Chestnut (Castanea sativa) that is very much alive; enough roots have remained anchored into the soil so that a side branch from the original trunk has been able to grow vertically to form a new trunk. There’s no reason why this downed tree should not continue to thrive for many years to come.
In Bramcote Hills Park, a 200-year old Beech Tree has fallen, and been allowed to stay in place. An enclosure has been created within which the large tree can slowly decompose naturally; the enclosure also forms an area of habitat for wildflowers.
It’s good to see a tree being left like this in a public park – fallen dead wood is too often removed in an urge to “tidy up”. Deadwood is extremely important for biodiversity, and it is often in short supply in our woodlands, so the way that this tree has been retained (and turned into an informative feature) is very welcome.
Nearby in the park, another dead Beech tree has been left unfelled as standing dead wood.
It seems Bramcote Hills Park has set a good example of thoughtful park management for conservation with these dead trees….