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Walks Summary - Spring to Summer 2017

The scheduled walk at Frensham Great Pond in March was unfortunately rained off, but in April the weather was beautiful and Thursley lived up to its reputation for diversity. The spring migration was well under way and chiffchaffs, willow warblers, tree pipits and redstarts were everywhere. We noticed several large galls on Birch trees; these are Crown Galls and are caused by a fungus, Agrobacterium tumefaciens, which enters the tree through a wound in the roots or trunk and stimulates the plant tissues to grow in a disorganised way, thus producing the galls.

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