Archive for December, 2013

Coping with Deer in Areas of High Population | 16th Dec, 2013

deer imageDeer numbers are at their all time high in many parts of the country.  Managing a coppice in one of these areas is hard work and can be extremely frustrating.  Groups like the Deer Initiative are being proactive in educating woodland owners and the public about the issues involved.  The main problem being that deer are a natural ‘prey ’ species without any natural predators. The limiting factor to their population increase is likely to be the available food, and unfortunately that means for  many of us, our woodlands and parks and gardens are coming under increasing pressure from their numbers.

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December Newsletter 2013 | 04th Dec, 2013

December-cover The December newsletter is here!

We have news of an award from the Royal Forestry Society and a request for woodland owners to respond to a Forestry Commission squirrel survey. Articles include:

The Vigilant – restoring a Thames barge

All I want for Christmas – SWOG members reveal their ideal Christmas gifts

Making hay rakes in Wales – Paul Thornton, Senior Wildlife Officer of the Wildlife Trust of south and west Wales has written a wonderful report on a green wood-working course to make Welsh hay rakes.

Finally, a very merry Christmas to everyone!

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