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  1. That's why I asked, the pop hawk moth 'pillars often eat some willows. Looking at the colouring though I'd guess elephant hawk moth and the 'pillars feed on bedstraws and willow herb so worth knowing what was growing around the tree.
  2. I know you get clothes moths but didn't think anything ate synthetic rope. Looks like some form of hawk moth, anoying but rather interesting. What tree did you take down?
  3. Do you always pay the full price on a new car, chipper or whatever or haggle? It could be that the person wants to make sure they've got the best price and if you say you can't lower it they're happy that they've asked.
  4. Pear rust, Gymnosporangium sabinae. If you google it you get pics that match yours. Here's the RHS advice, I've not seen it myself. Pear rust WWW.RHS.ORG.UK European pear rust is a fungal disease of pear trees, causing bright orange spots on the leaves. It also affects junipers...
  5. I've had a look at some historical auction prices and I'd say only about £50, poss £100 depending on size and condition in an auction. I'm sure someone would pay more for it if it was in a shop.
  6. Yep, she'll pick her own raspberries, blackberries, peas, tomatoes, apples etc; eat bird and animal droppings etc but I've not noticed her take any interest in fungi. Does yours? I had worried a little as I suspect there are liberty caps about the place. Last thing I want is a normally mad lab having a trip.
  7. I still think it's a bolete of some sort. I note one of @David Humphries suggestions flushes pink on cutting. Do you have a photo of the underside and the outside of the stalk?
  8. I've not heard of it being a problem to dogs either. Owning a walking dustbin myself (Labrador) who helps herself to various items from the garden I've never noticed her eat or have any interest in fungi.
  9. Looks like meripilus giganteus.
  10. I was going to say the same, a pic from underneath and ideally one cut through. They don't look the right colour or pattern on top for a rust gill.
  11. The yellow 'shoots' look like the old flower/fruit stalks. Personally I'd not raise the soil level around an existing tree/shrub but I'd wait to hear from the more qualified people.
  12. Well, as a potential customer, I've not heard anything. If I didn't read Arbtalk I'd have no idea about the Woodsure scheme. Being a remote property, i.e. not on mains gas, I often get stuff from the council offering grants for a new oil boiler (ones where someone pockets the grant and the boiler costs more to install than if I did it myself). But I've not had anything about Woodsure or efficient wood burners.
  13. Worth a read as I learnt the id from one of David's posts a while back.
  14. Anomorphic form of Fistulina hepatica?
  15. Box tree caterpillar, Cydalima perspectalis. If you google for box tree caterpillar damage you'll find very similar looking damage. Box tree caterpillar WWW.RHS.ORG.UK <p>Box tree caterpillars feed within webbing and can completely defoliate box plants. It is a relatively new insect...


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