After last year’s Tree Following adventure where I followed a dead tree in Merrions Wood, where I looked at clouds of St Mark’s Flies, filmed bats foraging above the tree and bumble bees nesting at it’s base and discovered the (almost) westernmost record of tinsel-faced wasp Stigmus pendulus, I’m diving in with both feet – a living tree this time! This one is also at Merrions Wood, which is on the south eastern border of Walsall. The tree I’ve chosen is away from the main nature trail of Merrions Wood, and is as such undisturbed by passers by. I’m hoping that this will mean more nesting birds, small mammals, etc, and I suppose time will tell. The tree is in the middle of some fields, the management of which is due to change to traditional grazing / meadow management, and we can look forward to the presence of new cows later in the year. So you’ll see the meadow around the tree change too!
I can’t wait to get started – you can check out trees that others are following here on the Loose and Leafy blog… and follow @LucyCorrander on Twitter! #TreeFollowing