Woodland Protection

This section allows you to consider the potential threats facing your woodland(s). Where relevant, under the following headings, describe any potential threats and as informed by both the likelihood of presence and potential impact, communicate any required management response. This could, for example, be providing information in relation to putting in place a plan, monitoring or direct action.

Plant Health

Generally appears good. Some trees in the lower canopies are suffering from a lack of light – evidence by weak growth. A number of recently planted trees are in poor health due to protective sleeves not being removed in a timely fashion. Chalara dieback is a risk although the Ash trees currently seem to be doing well with natural reseeding occurring in some areas. However, there are a few that appear to be rotting at the base. The wood also exists in a Risk 1 area for Larch Phytophthora Ramorum. More Info.

Deer

Deer are present in the wood, but visible signs of damage are minimal. More info.

Grey Squirrels

Not seen, but assumed to be present. More Info.

Livestock and Other Mammals

Single possible Badger/Fox set spotted. A Magic database search for other mammals such as Bats in the area returned an empty result. However, it is known that Bechstein and Greater Horseshoe bats frequent the quarry on the other side of Warleigh Lane and restrict developments in Farleigh wood. It is assumed that the distance of Bach Wood from the nesting site would mean that any acceptable plan would have minimal impact on them.

Water & Soil (soil erosion, acidification of water, pollution etc)

Soil Erosion: The soil is quite thin. There is evidence of erosion on old vehicle tracks. There is a low risk of issues during timber extraction but this can be minimised by selection of route and the timing of operations to coincide with dry weather.

Pollution: Pollution from chemical spills associated with timber harvesting equipment or chemical spraying for vegetation control. Ensure that good and safe working practices are followed. There is also ‘pollution’ from a large number of sapling protection sleeves that litter the site. These should be collected so they can be reused to protect future seedlings.

Environmental (flooding, wind damage, fire, invasive species etc)

Wind Damage: There is evidence that some of the trees are vulnerable to wind throw particularly where they have grown vertically to gain light above the conifer canopy.

Fire: During dry weather this is a potential risk. Avoid large brash fires by using the brash for conservation instead. Keep campfires well contained to limit risk. Keep a store of rain water for emergencies.

Invasive Species: A couple of Rhododendrons have been spotted on visits (and removed).

Climate Change Resilience (provenance, lack of diversity, uniform structure)

The conifer is not a native species and dominates a large section of the wood. It also provides a dense upper canopy, which prevents other species from finding success in the lower canopies. Where trees have managed to establish themselves that have done so at height and thus are at greater risk of wind damage.

Planning

The woodland is also subject to an Article 4, which restricts the development of permissible buildings without planning permission.

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