Sunday, 26 October 2014

Creating Willow Tit nesting sites.

 We are coppicing areas of Sallow and Willow at Brown's Wood, Thornton. The area above was done last spring(2014). Already the ground layer shows more growth thanks to the increased light levels.
 An area that we have started coppicing this autumn. Looks a mess, but there is method in this madness!
 An experiment to create more standing deadwood in this new woodland. We have left one standing stump and ring barked it to help it rot. A potential future nest site for a Willow Tit. Willow Tit excavate a new nest hole each spring. New woodlands lack standing deadwood.



 A 14 year old Silver Birch that has grown at an angle. We cut off the trunk at about 7' and ring barked it. Hopefully it will become a rotten stump for Wilti. to excavate in the spring.





 With the top part of the felled Birch, we cut off a 7-8' length and buried it , to create another stump.



We plan to add 2-3 such nesting opportunities for Willow Tit in each of the areas we coppice.


The finished scene. Just need to add a pair of Willow Tit!

1 comment:

  1. Sounds like a good plan mate good luck with it!!!

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