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Ivies are of major ecological importance for their nectar and fruit production, both produced at times of the year when few other nectar or fruit sources are available. The ivy bee is completely dependent on ivy flowers timing its entire life cycle around ivy flowering. The fruit are eaten by a range of birds, including thrushes, blackcaps and woodpigeons.
The bark of Ivy is soft and fibrous and has to be completely removed when making a walking stick from the wood. Nonetheless, it is worth the trouble because, when the bark is stripped, a lovely speckled wood is revealed.
Ivy sticks are not very strong and might be unsuitable to use as support for a heavy owner. They are rather more for collecting than for frequent use but are really lovely and full of charm.