NJ2122 : Natural Topiary?

taken 7 years ago, near to Clashnoir, Moray, Great Britain

Natural Topiary?
Natural Topiary?
Several of the small trees around here have similar conical growths at the bases of their trunks. My immediate reaction was that they have bene formed by deer nibbling at the shoots. Then I began to wonder whether native deer will eat non-native conifers, and then, if they do, why they have not browsed away all the low-level growth? Or could it have been rabbits, in which case the same questions apply?
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Date Taken
Monday, 28 June, 2010   (more nearby)
Submitted
Tuesday, 29 June, 2010
Category
Conifers   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NJ 217 224 [100m precision]
WGS84: 57:17.1291N 3:18.0228W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NJ 217 224
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East-northeast (about 67 degrees)
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