30 Days Wild - Day Four - Find a gall

Sarah Gibbs

Something unusual in the oak trees on day four of 30 Days Wild...

I stroked something extremely soft for 30 Days Wild. It wasn’t a feathered or furry creature, but a gall. This is a fresh oak apple gall that I found at Pitsford Water nature reserve.

Like all galls, they are abnormal growths on plants that have been caused by a parasite of some kind. In this case the culprit was a tiny wasp (Biorhiza pallida), but galls can be created by viruses, fungi, bacteria, insects and mites and come in a variety of shapes and sizes. This species can be seen between May and June.

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Ways to go wild...

The oak is a very popular host to many different varieties of galls, so why not find a tree near you and see what you can find,  then use this handy gall spotter for some hints and tips!

Events during June for 30 Days Wild...

We've got loads going on all through June to help you go wild in our three counties. Visit our calendar for a full list of events.