LOOK carefully at this picture of an ancient Herefordshire ash tree.

In the hollow near the base of the tree, peering out into the world, is a calf!

We don't know how it gets in and out, but it seems perfectly happy in its shelter.

The remarkable photograph was taken at Preston on Wye, near Hereford, by Philip Price.

There are many ash trees in Herefordshire, and they are common along linear features such as hedges, roads, railways and riversides.

Like oaks, they frequently become hollow.

It takes years or even decades for a tree to become hollow. In extremely old trees the space inside can become large... big enough to fit a calf in some instances!

Although the centre effectively dies, the tree continues to form new growth on the outside of the trunk to create a cylinder.

The cylinder can be very robust and comfortably able to support the tree.

Unfortunately, ash trees in Herefordshire are falling victim to ash dieback, a devastating fungal disease that has been spreading across the UK.

It was first recorded in Herefordshire in 2015 and is now widespread.