Shrubby tree growing up to 6 meters high, common in European hedgerows, on woodland edges and sparse scrublands. Hazelnuts, its fruit, are usually disseminated by a few bird species and rodents (such as the hazel dormouse, the wood mouse and the squirrel, whose presence has been recently observed at level ground); as a food source for many other animals, this tree contributes greatly to its area’s biodiversity. Hazel is a good firewood and many fungi fruit at its base, such as the highly valued truffles.

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