The Ancient Holly

Photo: Mike Alexander

Photo: Mike Alexander


About Mike Howe

I am an ecologist and a composer of guitar based instrumental melodies signed to the Real Music label in California. I like to write about my work, music and nature conservation and how it all comes together. I try not to write about things I don't know much about.
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10 Responses to The Ancient Holly

  1. Gallivanta says:

    How ancient would you guess it to be?

    • Mike Howe says:

      I wouldn’t like to say, I’m no holly expert 🙂

      • Gallivanta says:

        Supposedly there is one in England that is 400 years old; that’s ancient! And holly is a plant that we are encouraged to remove from our gardens and landscapes because it likes the NZ climate far too well.

      • Mike Howe says:

        Yes I can understand that holly would pose a threat to your native species because it can dominate the under-storey in woodlands, and can shade out other plant species, as it does here. But you don’t often see old trees that have managed to get away from the constant pressure of sheep and, in North Wales, deer and goat browsing. And the one pictured there will have had to contend with some pretty harsh winters. A really nice thing about this place, which unfortunately I don’t have a picture of, is the bright red holly berries drop into the little stream that runs alongside and over time several holly trees have grown along the bank where again sheep haven’t been able to graze the young saplings

  2. Hanna says:

    Hi Mike. I guess Snowdonia National Park is a place which are worth visiting. It could be somewhere in Narnia 🙂
    All the best,

  3. It must have seen a lot coming and going…
    And, again, beautiful colours!

    Much love,

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