Trees’ skeletons host many creatures

PHOTO: PETER MCINTOSH
PHOTO: PETER MCINTOSH
What looks like just a dead tree in the Woodhaugh Gardens actually functions as a perfect home for flora and fauna.

The tree is one of four "monolith trees" or "habitat sticks" made by the Dunedin City Council.

Council group manager parks and recreation Robert West said the bark shed by the trees was valuable to insects, and their timber provided a home and food source for wood borer and fungi.

Birds nested in the trunks’ holes and niches.

The council planned to install a sign explaining the purpose of the trees.

Mr West said the trees had been made safe by parks staff and did not present a risk to the public.

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