Tree safety work at Burleigh Sands

Steve was out yesterday carrying out his regular tree safety inspection, and flagged up a dead tree close to the path with a worrying lean on it.  Definitely one to bring down before it came down of its own accord.

So out came the chainsaw, and off we went with the help of volunteers Alan and David to keep the path temporarily closed.  Many thanks to David Alston for doubling up as the all-action photographer whilst diligently keeping an eye on the path for approaching walkers!

It's not all larking about!

It’s not all larking about!

The serious work...

The serious work…

Timberrrrrr!

Timberrrrrr!

..looking quite pleased with myself!

..looking quite pleased with myself!

Clearing the path

Clearing the path

It was all a bit much for Alan- pictured here nodding off on his new seat!

It was all a bit much for Alan- pictured here nodding off on his new seat!

Boot lace Fungus - the probable cause of the death of this tree.

Boot lace Fungus – the probable cause of the death of this tree.

It came down with quite a thud, but it’s always good to see it down in a controlled and safe manner, rather than leaving it to chance and the environment.  Mother Nature can sometimes be cruel when left to her own devices.

Boot lace fungus is actually the mycelial network of Honey Fungus- the fruiting bodies often seen growing out of dying trunks.

Honey Fungus

Honey Fungus

Many species of fungi are parasitic, and in terms of woodland ecology they are often seen as natural foresters.  In the rainforests of South America, for example, they serve a crucial role in opening up sections of forest, allowing light to penetrate, and regrowth of the understorey to become established.

About Craig.Nisbet

Reserve Officer Loch Leven National Nature Reserve Scottish Natural Heritage
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