Log Pile Habitats

Log pile habitats are essential to thousands of invertebrate species, fungi, lichen, birds and bats, not to mention all the other things that live, shelter and hide in, between and under the logs, such as: small land based mammals, molluscs, reptiles, frogs, toads, newts, beetles, and many other species of bug and creepy crawly. 

All creatures living in and around log pile habitats play a part in helping the wood decay, its return to the mother earth and providing nutrients for future generations.

I try to make sure there are plenty of log pile habitats, standing dead wood, and brash piles strategically placed around Wilden Marsh to help increase diversity. Obviously, there is a limit to number of decaying wood piles an area can justifiably support; at some point they will get in the way, and too much of anything is best avoided.

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Log pile habitats in the Tenant Farmer’s Field Corridor at sunset.

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