We have noticed in the last couple of days a couple of olive trees have suffered this damage and have been wondering what could have caused it? Wild boar and porcupine do not make this sort of tree markings. Deer will however make this sort of mark. Male buck deer will mark tree trunks in this way to define territory and to attract female deer. This also makes sense as we saw a couple of deer in the grove earlier in the year.
This blog is called 'Life on an Italian olive grove' and talks about my work in the grove and in Italy
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