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Hi 👋, I have noticed this morning that something has created holes in our tree. It looks like the bark has been chipped / scratched away as well so I’m thinking possibly a squirrel or something but I wondered if anyone had any ideas? I thought I’d best check in case it’s more likely to be something else and I need to get it treated. Thanks so much for your help, I’m very much new to all this (especially trees!) 


  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,391
    edited July 2020
    If those are LED fairylights, that would make the holes about 15mm or so in diameter?  If so, then it could be a woodpecker extracting insects such as beetle larvae which have burrowed inside the tree (borers.)
    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,014
    My thought too @BobTheGardener ... woodpeckers. 😊 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Yes that’s right they are about that size. Thank you both very much. I hadn’t even considered woodpeckers! 

    I’ll look into them to see if there is anything I need to do or if it’s all ok as it is. Thanks so much again!

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