Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Tuesday 20th December

Spent the day, with the rangers, coppicing in Putnoe Wood. This wood is managed on an 8 year cycle, meaning there are 8 plots each being processed once in 8 years. Although it looks harsh it has the effect of opening up the lower levels of the wood to more light which improves the conditions for the woodland flowers such as Bluebells. Also it is just a relatively small area of the wood that is affected each year. There is a lot of cut timber left at the moment but this will be processed by the BTCV early next year. They will take much of the material for fencing on other projects and the remainder will be used for dead hedging in the wood.

As usual I arrived at the Wood a little early and checked out the bird life. The morning was bright with a cold wind so the wood provided good shelter and the birds seemed to be enjoying it with many species seen and heard throughout the day including:

Great-spotted Woodpecker
Green Woodpecker
Nuthatch
Coal Tit
Treecreeper
Kestrel
Sparrowhawk (JB)
Blue Tit
Great Tit
Long-tailed Tit
Jackdaw
Woodpigeon
Robin
Fieldfare
Goldcrest (JB)



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