RIP Stoggles

Under the dense blocks of Conifers in Harridge Woods West, many of the ancient Stoggles have not survived.

RIP, but not forgotten, each is recorded and its condition monitored.

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King Alfred’s Cakes

Some of the Stoggles are hardly hanging on.

Near the end of their life the fruiting bodies of King Alfred’s Cakes (also know as Cramp Ball fungus and Coal fungus – Daldinia concentric) cover the stump.

Stoggles

The ancient coppiced “Stoggles” come in all shapes and sizes

Stoggles in the Stream

Just downstream of Keepers Cottage there is a line of three old coppiced Tree stumps, known locally at Stoggles, that are now in the middle of the Stream

Line of Three Stoggles
Line of Three Stoggles

It seems unlikely these grew in the stream, hence perhaps the course of the stream has changed over the years, widened, and worn away round the back of the Stoggles

Taken with 1/10 sec shutter speed to blur the water.  Handheld  :-)
Taken with 1/10 sec shutter speed to blur the water. Handheld 🙂

The upstream Stoggle forms an arch, and is thought locally to have perhaps been an old bridge foundation?

Backlight Arch, lovely light at 2PM on a crisp sunny winters day
Backlight Arch, lovely light at 2PM on a crisp sunny winters day