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Old Friday 24th April 2009, 21:39   #1
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Grey Herons nesting in Yew trees

Has anybody out there ever come across Grey Herons (Ardea cinerea) nesting in Yew (Taxus baccata) trees?
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Herons nest in trees.

Can't see why they'd avoid yew trees.
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Time to give question this a bump.

The enquiry comes from studying one of Scotland's largest heronries (yes mikfoz they do nest in trees!) for the last 10 years.

The colony is stable, 50+/-5 nest each year, but over the years they are moving progressively from 300 yr old deciduous trees to yews (c150 yrs old). This year, 2/3 of nesting trees and nearly half of all nests are now in yew.

I don't know of herons nesting in yew anywhere else.

Does anybody have any first hand knowledge of herons nesting in yews?
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