Managing ancient woodlands for ground flora
Time/date of training: 10am-4pm, Wed 10 May 2017 |
Location: High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire
Facilitator: John Morris
Organisation: Chiltern Woodlands Project
Pigotts Wood is an interesting ancient beech wood with wild cherry, hornbeam and holly among other tree species, it is in the Chilterns AONB with some scarce and rare species in the ground flora and patches of bluebells. This winter four small areas of mature conifer (Plantations on Ancient Woodland Site) totalling about 0.4ha have been felled and the timber removed to return these areas to native broadleaved trees. The soil has been disturbed so natural regeneration should occur and ground flora should develop in the coming years. The soils are clay with flints over lying the chalk, with some areas of thinner chalk soil on the lower edge of the wood, typical of many ancient woods in the Chilterns. This wood has a well documented history of its ownership going back to the 1550’s.
The session will start at 10am with introductions and an initial talk, followed by a guided visit to look at the flora and trees in parts of the wood. We will use ancient woodland flora recording sheets to note the species we find.
Course status: open for bookings
Fee: £100.00 / £75.00 Concessions for volunteers and employees with parish councils and registered charities and those not economically active
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