The 8 feet model of tree demonstrates how biotic and abiotic things are related to each other.
It shows the interrelationship between different parts of tree and different biotic components like microorganisms, insects, birds etc. The model explains how the surroundings around the tree form a unique habitat with entire tree. Let us see how humans are also a part of this habitat.
Who are part of the habitat?
This model shows the tree as a habitat which provides shelter and an ecosystem to several living organisms. These include centipede, millipede, earthworm, sawbugs, cricket, grasshopper, butterflies, python, harvester ants, owl, honeybees, spider and birds such as sparrow, bulbul, hornbill, hariyal, kite, green pigeon, sunbirds, green bee eater, woodpecker and more.
Benefits of trees and forests
Trees and forests provide a habitat for many species of animals and plants. Tropical rainforests are among the most biodiverse habitats in the world. Trees provide shade and shelter, timber for construction, fuel for cooking and heating, and fruit for food as well as having many other uses. In parts of the world, forests are shrinking as trees are cleared to increase the amount of land available for agriculture. Because of their longevity and usefulness, trees have always been revered, with sacred groves in various cultures, and they play a role in many of the world's mythologies.