It would be great if you could verify some heights in Järvselja. According to the news article, there are signs to the record trees except Fraxinus
, Alnus glutinosa
which are located in a nature protection area not allowed to enter. Of course, your hosts take you where you want.
The tallest laser-measured Betula pendula
to our knowledge is 36.4 m tall and located in Białowieża NP, Poland, but I have a feeling it may become taller further north. In southern Finland there was a B. pendula
Vertex-measured to be 38.5 m tall. After the measurement a few meters piece dried and broke off. I laser-measured it last summer and found it 35.4 m tall. The foresters say the dried piece was more than one meter long, so the birch would have been taller than the Białowieża birch. If the birch you observed in Järvselja was even close to the estimated 42 m, it would be the European record, too.
I discovered that one expends more calories digging up wild leeks than one gains by eating them.
That makes sense. Unlike cows, humans don't have in their stomach those bacteria which make the former capable to digest cellulose.