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I have been interested in nature for most of my life but since I retired I spend as much time as I can exploring the nature reserves and wildlife hotspots of my adopted home, Dorset in southern England. Whilst out I record what I see and take snaps where I can (I am no photographer!) and that forms the basis of my Nature of Dorset website. When I find something new I like to research it and write about it in my nature notes, it is how I learn and hopefully you might find my notes helpful as well!

This website is for the people of Dorset interested in wildlife and for people from elsewhere interested in the wildlife of Dorset!

11 January, 2010

Pedunculate Oak (Quercus robor) [2]

When you get up close to an Oak the bark becomes a diagnostic feature. It has a 'wrinkly' appearance with deep ridges running down the trunk. There are other trees with this ridged appearance but, when taken in to account with the shape overall it is confirmation of the Oak.

Oak trees can grow to a ripe old age and this ridged bark means that quite often it can be well covered in lichen or moss. The Oak also supports a wider range of insect life than any other tress (over 1,000 species) which make Oak woodland just a wonderful place to be in summer.

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