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I came across this oak sapling today. It was completely covered in galls. The Oak Apple Gall is caused by a tiny gall wasp, Biorhiza pallida. It can be found between May and June on oak twigs where the female has laid her eggs in the leaf bud. Inside the gall there are a number of chambers, each housing a larva which eats its way out. Adults emerge in June and July.  

Hoo Wood is shaped like a bent finger pointing roughly north to south along the steep eastern side of the Lower Stour Valley. Nestling between Hoo Farm Industrial Estate and a small residential estate, oak and birch, with a sprinkling of sycamore, larch, elder, rowan and apple trees grow here. Sunrises and sunsets are a joy to behold along a ridge path that runs the entire length of the wood. The wood… Read More

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