This metal sheet wrapped around a tree is an effort to keep possums from climbing and defoliating the tree. It is an interesting conservation method to minimize impacts that invasive species, such as possums, have on the native vegetation in a way that does not kill the possum. I am skeptical of the effectiveness of these metal sheets because possums can climb up trees without this protection, and then travel from tree to tree in the canopy layer, avoiding the metal protective sheet. This method of conservation was implemented by a restoration group in the 1990s and is located between Days bay and Eastbourne.
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