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Tree cull is a blast.

A GROUP of Scotland's oldest trees were blown up yesterday - by conservationists.

Ten Caledonian pines - aged between 100 and 200 years - were destroyed to increase the amount of dead wood in the forest at a Highland reserve.

The RSPB say the cull in Aber-nethy, near Aviemore, will boost the woodland's ecosystem.

Experts placed charges into pre-drilled holes to create what were "moderate" blasts. It is the first time the RSPB have resorted to such explosions.

Desmond Dugan, of Aber-nethy's Forest Lodge section, said: "It may seem ironic but dead wood is a key driving element of our forest ecosystem."
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Oct 21, 2006
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