Photographer's Note

The oak tree is home to many creatures, and supports more life forms than any other tree.

They are hosts to hundreds of insect species, supplying many birds with an important food source.
In autumn, mammals such as squirrels, badgers and deer feed on acorns.

Flower and leaf buds of the oak are the food of caterpillars.

The soft leaves break down with ease in autumn and form a rich leaf mould beneath the tree, supporting invertebrates such as the stag beetle, and plants such as fungi.
Holes and crevices in the tree bark are perfect nesting spots for birds.

Bats also roost in old woodpecker holes or under loose bark, as well as feeding on the rich supply of insects in the tree canopy.
(Woodland Trust)

The texture of the tree trunk, such as here, is a memorable sight!
Two more shots in the w/s, from Sherwood Forest.

Thanks for looking.

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Additional Photos by Jean Dwyer (jean113) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2006 W: 0 N: 6440] (24781)
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