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While the trees are still leafless it's easier to see many wild features which were previously hidden.  The holes made by woodpeckers for example, and the nests built by squirrels are all clearly visible.  On Birch Trees you can sometimes spot the cream and brown coloured Birch Bracket fungi.




Sometimes called Birch Polypores, these tough, spongy fungi have a texture which is similar to polystyrene.  They were once used for sharpening razor blades, and this earned them the nickname of 'razor strop fungi'.

More info at: UK Safari Birch Bracket Fungi Fact File



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