Archive for March, 2007

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Ancient evergreen oak pollards in a working wood pasture

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Although ‘cut’ or pollarded trees have been very common in some areas in wood pasture or semi-arable landscapes covering large areas we have not seen many old trees. This area was one of the few places we saw old cut evergreen oaks but it was a ‘very special’ landscape full of lovely hollowing old trees.

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Plant islands

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At more than 5000 feet altitude in the Reserva Nacional de Montes Universales near Frias you can see a wonderful mosiac landscape. Dotted across the barren, lichen rich hillsides are vera-esque regeneration circles of juniper, cypress and berberis and in nearly every one there is a young emerging scots pine. It appears to be able to regenerate because of the protection from the prickly scrub. How fast do these circles grow? Why do they seem never to coalesce? How do they start?

 

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Another monumental tree in Spain

A fantastic scarred black pine (Pinus nigra) which is shown on maps locally as ‘un arbol monumental’ – a monumental tree

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On the trail for the 'Pino de la H'

What a treat to come across an intriguing brown tourist sign that tells us there is an interesting tree nearby worth stopping to see. The ‘H-Pine’ – what does this mean? Well we go on the hunt for this tree following a local tourist trail up one of the canyons that are so spectacular in this area.

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On the trail for the 'Pino de la H'

What a treat to come across an intriguing brown tourist sign that tells us there is an interesting tree nearby worth stopping to see. The ‘H-Pine’ – what does this mean? Well we go on the hunt for this tree following a local tourist trail up one of the canyons that are so spectacular in this area.

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Revealing the secret of the 'Pino de la H'

We find the ‘tree’ but it isn’t a big old pine. Watch the video to see why the ‘tree’ gets its ‘H’ name

 

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