Someone’s broken many of the trees.
There were loads that had been deliberately snapped about three or four feet up from the base.
I went on to the website for the Common and found a section called Ask a Ranger so I emailed them to ask them. I haven’t had a response yet.
I presume it’s some sort of management system but as the trees are just snapped over and not dead, surely they will continue to grow in this way? I will have to wait and see what they say.
Yateley Common is an important area of heathland and is protected under UK and EU law. Apparently heathland like this is rarer than rainforest and it houses many protected species of insects, birds and animals.
On the website it features a picture of one of those red and white fairy toadstools that I have been so desperate to take a picture of. If I keep wandering, I might find one.
It is also an ideal habitat for adders. I would be very cool to photograph and adder.
The only wildlife I managed to photograph on Monday was a robin taunting me from the top of a tree.
But I did get some fungi (although not a red and white fairy toadstool).