European beech forests

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#31)  Re: European beech forests

Postby hamadryad » Sun Sep 09, 2012 7:51 am

Heres a few new images of Our Eurpean beech, mainly Epping forest, some from Windsor Great Park and one or two from Knole Park all taken within the last three weeks, I tend to get around a bit! I am very fortunate to live within a short drive of some of Europe's most amazing and ancient woodlands, where man has been the driving force in the creation of unique habitats, the likes of which are rarely seen elsewhere. There are those that say that our European beech, Fagus sylvatica is a fragile beast that cant be pruned, this is of course utter nonsense and the beech is as capable a survivor as any, as youll no doubt see here! True beeches are sensitive and need a little care in management, but as long as they are understood anything is achievable.

pruning trees is not a blanket situation, it is a species specific situation, an Oak or an ash that are high demanding of light require different approaches to the shade tolerant woodland species such as beech, which with their thin bark can be highly sensitive to over exposure to light.


A fine Pollard in Epping forest
               
                       
epping 578.JPG
                                       
               

Epping forest is home to 10's of thousands of Beech pollards
               
                       
epping 505.JPG
                                       
               

defying the laws of gravity is an art!
               
                       
epping 470.JPG
                                       
               

Very ancient beech probably in excess of 500years with Ganoderma Sp and Perenniporia fraxinea
               
                       
Epping etc 537.JPG
                                       
               

               
                       
Epping etc 455.JPG
                                       
               

               
                       
Epping etc 425.JPG
                                       
               

               
                       
Epping etc 445.JPG
                                       
               

Inonotus cuticularis, beech is its favourite host species though this can also be found occasionally on Acer Sp including Acer campestre
               
                       
Epping etc 406.JPG
                                       
               

A beech tree that I have been stage pollarding as a compromise to felling, the client was feeling the tree was too large for the location and this is just before the second stage as you can see it is responding well
               
                       
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European beech is a fragile genus? yeah right, a natural pollard!
               
                       
knole and pip etc 239.JPG
                                       
               

A beech freed from forest now filling out to become and open grown specimen.
               
                       
knole and pip etc 233.JPG
                                       
               

An included bark union long since failed, now occlusion tissues (embryonic) form into re iterative roots due to contact with moist rotting wood rather than exposure to light which may have caused the tissues to differentiate into shoots (retrenchment)
               
                       
knole and pip etc 067.JPG
                                       
               

Ganadorma sp, probably G. australe aka the southern bracket on ancient beech
               
                       
windsor pip 843.JPG
                                       
               

The Ganoderma colonised Beech with clear die back and retrenchment, if the tree can shed enough wieght before the ganoderma causes a failure in the main union she may go on for a lot lot longer.
               
                       
windsor pip 831.JPG
                                       
               
               
                       
windsor pip 796.JPG
                                       
               
               
                       
windsor pip 810.JPG
                                       
               
               
                       
windsor pip 582.JPG
                                       
               
               
                       
windsor pip 586.JPG
                                       
               
               
                       
windsor pip 579.JPG
                                       
               
               
                       
windsor pip 597.JPG
                                       
               

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#32)  Re: European beech forests

Postby Morris » Fri Feb 01, 2013 9:35 am

Hello everyone,

if you are interested in comparing North American to European climate, you might also like this website.
It features a list of tree species native to the US. If you click on "Prediction" a map appears that shows, where in the world the particular species would meet conditions, that are similar to it's native range.

http://www2.biologie.uni-halle.de/bot/ag_chorologie/areale/ARTENKATALOG.php?sprache=E&arealtyp=631&suche=

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#33)  Re: European beech forests

Postby KoutaR » Sat Feb 02, 2013 6:13 am

Morris,

That's an intersting project, but currently it appears to be far too positive. For Picea sitchensis for example, over a half of Sweden and almost a half of Finland is marked in bright red. In reality, the species has no chance north of the Baltic Sea coast. On the other hand, if I switch to "global II" modelling the region where the species reaches its greatest height (NW California) is NOT marked in bright red.

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#34)  Re: European beech forests

Postby Joe » Sun Feb 03, 2013 9:58 am

So, having just read this entire thread from the beginning- I didn't notice any  mention of beech bark disease in Europe.
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#35)  Re: European beech forests

Postby KoutaR » Sun Feb 03, 2013 5:58 pm

Joe,

My understanding is that the disease is native to Europe and European beech has better resistance against the fungus than American beech does. The disease does not appear to be a threat to European beech forests.

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#36)  Re: European beech forests

Postby Joe » Mon Feb 04, 2013 8:33 am

KoutaR wrote:Joe,

My understanding is that the disease is native to Europe and European beech has better resistance against the fungus than American beech does. The disease does not appear to be a threat to European beech forests.

Kouta


here, many beech are infected- but many seem resistant- what's unfortunate is that many loggers cut the resistant beech and leave the diseased beech

as a professional forester, when I mark a stand, if I see a resistent beech, I NEVER mark it and always mark most of the diseased beech- if everyone did this, it might help that species recover

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#37)  Re: European beech forests

Postby angelinaniki88 » Tue Apr 16, 2013 1:40 am

dbhguru wrote:Kouta,

  You've hit another home run. Most of us on this side of the pond have a long standing curiosity about European forests, as opposed to single large trees. You have gone a long way toward opening us up to what Europe can grow in the way of forests. The early forests of Europe must have been really something.

Bob

hmmm this is a very much nice info dude thanks for sharing.. i think it should be share around the web.
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#38)  Re: European beech forests

Postby hamadryad » Mon Jun 17, 2013 2:58 pm

I thought it was time I added a few more English Beeches to this thread.

As you can see in one image sunburn is a common problem, your beech bark disease can also be sunscald if the woodland is thinned too much and in hot weather.

I re inspected some old friends over the weekend, sadly I missed the Laetiporus while it was in its prime, the tree has failed within the last few days the bracket must have been over 50lbs in weight!

In one image you can see the Lion of Buckinghamshire carved into the chalk hills of the Chilterns, beech habitat, this landscape is full of beech woodland
               
                       
beeches at old amersham 027.JPG
                                       
               
               
                       
croft  ireland 073.JPG
                                       
               
               
                       
croft  ireland 064.JPG
                                       
               
               
                       
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#39)  Re: European beech forests

Postby Rand » Wed Aug 02, 2017 11:46 am

A video of the Ashridge beech:

               
                       
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