The beech is renowned for dropping limbs and is often referred to as the ‘widow maker’. We always advise against camping under them and whilst the risk is low, it is certainly real. This beech is close to our camp (although you’ll be glad to hear that there aren’t any beech in the camp itself!) and has dropped a sizeable limb in the last day or 2. We’ve taken these photos to remind us all of the dangers. We’ll certainly be pointing this particular tree out when we are on our tree identification walks!
A fallen beech branch
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