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Lessons learnt in the African Bush. 2 months 4 days ago #3618895

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For many years I was Wild Life Trails leader , taking small groups of both adults and learners through game reserves on foot. Many lessons to be learnt by quiet observation of insects, flora and fauna. Did you know that trees communicate?
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Lessons learnt in the African Bush. 2 months 4 days ago #3618976

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BUCKY wrote: For many years I was Wild Life Trails leader , taking small groups of both adults and learners through game reserves on foot. Many lessons to be learnt by quiet observation of insects, flora and fauna. Did you know that trees communicate?


There's more to life than heaven and earth Bucky.

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Lessons learnt in the African Bush. 2 months 4 days ago #3618980

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there's an earwig just outside our patio door, says good morning at first light

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One of the most interesting trees is the acacia. There are many, many types, but typically their leaves are pinnate, have pods (belong to pea family) and have thorns of various shapes and sizes. Their pods are high in nitrogen, and when they fall, fertilise the soil so that better and sweeter grass grows. This attracts animals to graze there (and find shade in the midday sun). The animals drop their dung there, another fertiliser for the tree.
This is one of the types of trees that can communicate to other acacia.
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Lessons learnt in the African Bush. 2 months 3 days ago #3619312

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Did you ever see a Dung Beetle. World’s strongest creature. It rolls dung. Lol.

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Good to see you on the forum again Bucky. smile.png

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Lessons learnt in the African Bush. 2 months 3 days ago #3619537

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Yes, many. Worked in the Addo elephant reserve where the dung beetle has right-of-way on the roads. The dung is made/rolled into balls, an egg laid in/on it and then buried. Elephant dung is only vegetable matter that has partially been digested. Grass, stalks and twigs can easily be identified in this.
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Thanks Vege!
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Lessons learnt in the African Bush. 2 months 2 days ago #3619781

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If you watch a kudu browse, it takes a bite of leaves/green twigs from an acacia tree then walks to another tree. This is because the tree changes the flavour of the foliage from sweet to bitter. (You can try this.) The kudu walks ahead of the message from the tree that's being eaten to get to the next before it also turns to a bitter taste.
Giraffe do the same.
Quite how the tree passes its warning to the next tree is not yet fully understood.
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