Another stage in the life of a tree friend

We have a very large tree on our property and even though it isĀ  dead, it was there when we purchased the property and is almost like a friend. It provided a place to attach a bat box and for birds and bats to roost. The trunk even without bark, has an interesting texture and the size of the tree makes it a dominant feature in our bit of bush.

This tree probably has a story to tell. Someone ring-barked it but it never was felled, and it has been through a fire. In the gold era nearly all the trees were harvested within a ‘5 mile’ radius of the town, for use in mines and to fuel furnaces. This tree is probably a messmate, Eucalyptus obliqua.

A few weeks ago in one of the storms, there was a big crash and half the tree fell to the ground. The bat box survived to be reattached elsewhere.

An opportunity for firewood you may think, but after such a long life it will be left to rot down and disappear back into the soil. We still have half a habitat tree which for us, is a valuable asset.

How important are our old trees?

A magnificent habitat treeA summary of the last SWIFFT meeting is now online. The topic was remnant habitat trees in our rural environment and their importance to our wildlife. The key points are:

  • Remnant scattered trees provide a range of high value landscape, biodiversity and ecosystem services.
  • Old growth scattered trees are a legacy from the past – they are continuing to disappear and future generations will inherit a vastly different landscape. Continue reading