Occupied willow hollow

2 responses to “Occupied willow hollow

  1. Willows are often the only large trees left in the landscape . Often full of hollows which are full of native animals .
    Think deeply about removing an adult tree full of hollows to replace it with a few chopsticks in milk cartons . Because you will wipe out huge communities in the process .
    In UK old , pollarded willows are regarded as ‘ Old Growth ‘ and protected for their landscape and ecological values .
    Its often a whole lot cheaper and easier to pollard than destroy a big tree . Thereby keeping those communities alive till the understudies are big enough to offer homes to gliders , bats , lizards , birds , insects etc.
    One wonders the point of piling destroyed willow on the stream bank , creating cover for all the animals who are then burnt to death some months later . Seen it happen too many times .
    We prefer to tie down structures of the useful logs and restart nutrient cycles , habitat and seedling beds . Free materials , hooray .


  2. Making Hollows for Wildlife Homes

    1 / Plant Eucalypts .
    Wait two hundred years for branches with faulty forks to grow , get heavy and fall off the trunk ( Hopefully not when your great great granchildren are picnicking underneath ) . Then another twenty or thirty years for hollow to rot out .
    Cost approx one million dollars per hollow in historically adjusted terms .

    2 / Pollard a big willow every six years for three or four cycles . Chop around where coppice rods are getting crowded and wait another six years for hollow to rot out .

    3 / Select a good big willow branch set at some angle to the horizontal .
    Auger parallel 40 mm holes through the branch . Insert half plugs of gelignite . Tamp with clay and fire .
    Wait a few years for hollow to rot out .

    – Check all types of hollows often for European wasps , starlings etc .
    – Teach these skills widely . Multiply hollows by the thousands .
    – Have a sausage sizzle and give out certificates .



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