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In the wild, it is a pioneer species, often associated with newly disturbed ground and open areas. The open habit of silver birch produces a light dappled shade in sunlight, allowing a range of plants to be grown underneath it. Ferns can be particularly attractive in this position. Birch produces masses of seeds which provide food for small finches, especially redpolls, siskins, greenfinches and goldfinches. Leaves often attract greenfly which in turn will bring in blue tits. Silver birch is also an important species for moths and other insects.

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  • Posted: Thu. 14th May 2009 16:48