Friday, 29 July 2011

Wood Wasps and fungi

We are currently creating another viewpoint on the Edge to give visitors wonderful vistas of the Shropshire countryside, we are also thinning the trees out to allow the better trees to have more room, light and nutrients. A lot of Lime trees are growing in this area which, whilst they are not rare trees are less common than Ash, on Wenlock Edge at least, it will be great to see them thrive now they aren't crowded by low quality trees. The photo below shows how the view looked at the start of the work, i will post another photo when it is finished.

We are removing most of the non-native conifers from this area, these are ideal for turning into fence posts, as we were cutting the lengths of timber into fence posts today there were a few Giant Wood Wasps about, probably attracted to the smell of cut timber. The females lay eggs in the timber using a large ovipositor on their rear end, i don't believe that they sting people!

I also saw this fungus, its called Dryads Saddle and it often grows on Ash or Elm stems, they are visible between June and September so look out for them around the woods.

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