To manage or not to manage‏

Woodland Matters

In almost every commentary on English woodland produced recently, it is stated that we need to bring more woodland into management.  This presupposes that we know what “management” means and what we would get as a result.

Coppice” they say; do they mean coppice with standards or clear fell coppice, will you be expected to produce small coupes of half a hectare or larger coupes of 2ha or more? Will you be following a sequential pattern of coppicing or a more randomised one? Will you be felling on a 7, 12, 15 or 20 year cycle?

Well that all depends on why you are doing the coppicing, what tree species you have present and probably the method you are using – forestry contractor, volunteers or one man and his dog.

Management includes a decision making process (audit, evaluate, prescribe), not just the activity in itself and unless…

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About argylesock

I wrote a PhD about veterinary parasitology so that's the starting point for this blog. But I'm now branching out into other areas of biology and into popular science writing. I'll write here about science that happens in landscapes, particularly farmland, and about science involving interspecific interactions. Datasets and statistics get my attention. Exactly where this blog will lead? That's a journey that I'm on and I hope you'll come with me.
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