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A trunk of Norway spruce with nine birds were carved into the pole, representing a selection of those to be found at Lake Vyrnwy. At the top is the area's largest raptor, the buzzard. Beneath, in descending order, are a grey heron, kingfisher, great spotted woodpecker, tawny owl, black grouse, crossbill, nuthatch and jay. The tree was due to be felled for safety reasons having died through natural causes including the boring and burrowing effects of the spruce bark beetle, which block the sap routes that feed the tree. After felling the top 30 ft (9 m), scaffolding was erected around the remaining 30 ft trunk. The final carving (the jay) was designed by Glenn Evans, of Llanwddyn Primary School, following a competition held by the school. The carving took eight weeks to complete.
Created in the 1880s to supply Liverpool with water, Lake Vyrnwy and the surrounding countryside – 24,000 acres of forest and moorland – is owned and managed by Severn Trent Water and managed in partnership with the Countryside Council for Wales, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and Forest Enterprise Wales.
The sculpture trail at Lake Vyrnwy was begun in 1997. Its continuing aim is to offer recreational activities and attractions around the lakeside using local resources and a local artist. Artwork depicted on the sculpture trail relates to the biodiversity of the Vyrnwy estate.
Pecking Order Pole
H 915 x W (?) x D (?) cm
commissioned by Severn Trent Water
Severn Trent Water
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