Hazel Coppice

Monday, January 9th 2012

Work today has again concentrated on the hazel coppice, continuing from the Winter Worky Day last Saturday.  There is still a lot of work to do clearing away the cut hazel and blackthorn.  With the sun shining through the canopy, the area really is looking fantastic!

Before the coppicing work here the hazel stools were overstood, creating a densely shaded woodland, relatively low in biodiversity.  Coppiced areas are higher in biodiversity, with many open-woodland species present, the increased light to the ground will allow stronger growth of the wildflowers found in this area such as primrose, bluebell and wood anemone.  Brambles are often found growing at the base of recently coppiced stools, these can provide protection for the stool from deer grazing and encourage smaller mammals and insects into the area.  Fritillary butterflies are also commonly associated with coppiced areas.


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