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Oak – The Tree of Life

Big old oak trees may seem still and silent, but if you look closely enough they are teeming with life. This beautifully shot film shows the enormous biodiversity of oaks, from the bird nests at the top to the the badger´s basement.

For five years the filmmakers have followed life in and around oak trees. Oaks are hosts to a great many species, from insects and fungi, to birds and mammals.

Jackdaw and stock doves fight over the best nesting hole in early spring. The goosander swaps life on water for a one-month incubation perched in an oak tree. Starlings cram their kids full of green larvae when the oak leaf-roller strikes in May.

The large capricorn beetle creeps out of an oak tree after four years as a larva in the wood. Jays feast on acorns in the fall, alongside with ducks, wild boars and pigeons. Deer nibble on oak lichens to survive tough winters.

Life in and around oak trees looks different depending on season, but one thing is certain. No other tree in Sweden can show such biological richness.

Nominated for Wildlife Vaasa Festival 2014.

Genre: Documentary
Original title: Eken - in i döden levande
Year: 2013
Duration: 58'
Producer: Henrik Ekman, Ulf Jonasson, Hans Berggren
Produced by: Vildmarksforum & SVT
Available in HD: Yes
Format: 16:9

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