Pecking Order Pole
Pecking Order Pole

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A trunk of Norway spruce with nine birds were carved into the pole, representing a selection of those to be found at Lake Vyrnwy. At the top is the area's largest raptor, the buzzard. Beneath, in descending order, are a grey heron, kingfisher, great spotted woodpecker, tawny owl, black grouse, crossbill, nuthatch and jay. The tree was due to be felled for safety reasons having died through natural causes including the boring and burrowing effects of the spruce bark beetle, which block the sap routes that feed the tree. After felling the top 30 ft (9 m), scaffolding was erected around the remaining 30 ft trunk. The final carving (the jay) was designed by Glenn Evans, of Llanwddyn Primary School, following a competition held by the school. The carving took eight weeks to complete.


Pecking Order Pole




Norway spruce


H 915 x W (?) x D (?) cm

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commissioned by Severn Trent Water

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Severn Trent Water


Severn Trent Water

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at all times


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Located at

B4393, Llanwddn

SY10 0NA

Located on a verge on the lakeside, midway between the dam and the boat hire car park.