If you’ve gone round the Forgotten Forest and tried to answer the questions on the information boards in each zone, well done!
Here are the answers:
A koala eats the leaves of eucalyptus trees. They could not live in Jersey as the island does not provide the correct habitat or climate for these animals.
People who live in Canada and the USA usually call the autumn season the fall. This is because this is the time of year leaves fall off deciduous trees.
American Oak Zone:
Seeds of oak trees are called acorns. Squirrels love to eat acorns.
Yes or no! No wrong answer here!
It has been calculated that around 25% or 1/4 of all the medicines used by humans today have their origins in chemicals found in trees. The discoveries are still continuing; in the 1960s an important cancer drug was developed from a chemical found in yew trees. Another reason to stop chopping down the rain forests!
Walnut, Wingnut and Hickory Zone:
Nuts are nutritious because they contain proteins, vitamins and minerals. Different nuts will provide different amounts of these valuable foods. Walnuts, for example, are a source of Vitamins B1 and B6 and the minerals magnesium, phosphorus, copper, manganese and zinc. Nuts also contain fat, but fats from plants are always healthier to eat than animal fats.
Grey squirrels introduced from north America are more successful than red squirrels in Europe as they are able to survive on less mature nuts and foodstuffs than red squirrels and therefore get to the food supplies first! This is one of the reasons they have flourished since they were introduced. There are others.
Elm Trial Zone:
There are quite a number of diseases that can affect humans and animals. Some are infections of the skin, such as athlete’s foot or ringworm. Fungal infections can also affect the lungs e.g. histoplasmosis and the blood e.g. septicaemia. There are many others.
Mixed Oak Zone:
Yes squirrels are rodents because they have a pair of continuously growing incisor teeth in their upper and lower jaws. Consequently, they must keep gnawing things to prevent them growing too long.
Please note that there are no information boards currently in the Conifer and Pine Zones due to loss of specimens in 2013 due to the snow storms which affected Jersey in March. Several specimens to be featured on the boards were sadly lost. There is also no information board for the Ash Zone while we wait for more information regarding the spread of ash dieback disease.