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simon3
2007-11-12 21:09:00
re Dead Wood
I'm not so sure the average conifer plantation is as sterile as you say. I remember reading that in fact they generally have a wide and varied insect life. Certainly I have often seen birds in dense young Sitka Spruce, the predominant variety planted.

If you want to see a tree that is really "anti-social" have a look a yew tree the next time you are in an old graveyard. Apparently only 4 types of insect can survive on them and almost all other creatures are poisoned by most parts of a yew, including humans.

I certainly take your point that conifers are rarely large and easy to walk under in this country. It would hardly be surprising that the arboriculture practised here would be different from that in Sweden given the climactic differences. It would be great to see a few areas where a decent stand of Sitkas could be let grow to their full heights of around 60m. In the few places that there are large specimens of conifers (for example at Avondale House) they are very impressive.


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MV Gathering & Awards - This Friday!!
Onzy 4 hours ago.
ALL WELCOME !

  
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Croaghmore Donegal
Fergalh 14 hours ago.
Seen this eyesore last Saturday 16th February. No words can describe how awful this.is ..Just one question how did the idiots get this to the summit of a 286 metre Hill ?

  
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Onzy 14 hours ago.
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Belmore Mountain: A standing stone gathers all moss.
TommyV 4 days ago.
As mentioned by Harry Goodman, it's possible to drive along Belmore forest for almost two kilometers as far as a black forestry gate. There is also a standard gate here on the right giving access ...

  
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Brougher Mountain: A quick bag.
TommyV 4 days ago.
Nothing much to add to the comments already. Drove most of the way up from the North side of the hill to within 450 metres of the trig point. Nothing to recommend to anybody who is looking to get ...

  
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Croghan Hill: Broken Trig Pillar to be replaced
TommyMc 6 days ago.
The recent damage to the Croghan Hill trig pillar is covered in an article in this week's Offaly Independent. The good news is that Offaly County Council plans to replace the damaged pillar to its...

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Knockatagglemore
caiomhin a day ago.
walk, Len: 1.0km, Climb: 30m, Area: Knockatagglemore, W Limerick/N Kerry (Irela...

  
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Slievereagh: To drive or not to drive?
TommyV a week ago.
Geo's directions are spot on. At the aforementioned Coilte forest entrance there is a sign staing no unauthorized vehicles beyond this point as the gate may close at any point. However as the Lazy...

  
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Bruse Hill: Bruse Summer 2017
TommyMc 2 days ago.
Since a big gorse fire in 2016, this hill is once more easily accessible to casual walkers and has been widely visited this summer. An easy approach is possible by taking the L6636 minor road off ...

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Seefin Mountain W Top: Two summits one hike.
TommyV a week ago.
Nothing to add to the directions provided by melohara. Just to mention two things, the parking place was littered with close to a hundred empty beer cans, it looks like there was a party there or ...

  
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Knocknaskagh: The fast and the furious.
TommyV a week ago.
Knocknaskagh is a fairly prominent hill in North Cork. It's possible to access via a Coilte forest entrance on the South East side mentioned by jackill. After about 500 metres, there is a smaller,...

  
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Camlough Mountain: Army Dreamers
Collaborative entry Last edit by: Peter Walker a week ago.
Relatively recent history has liberated Camlough Mountain from the bonds of the military: some metallic paraphernalia remains high on its slopes but if one puts that aside it's a cracking little e...


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