Yesterday Laura, Stu and I headed out to Rushmoor Bottom to carry out a tree survey and assess any hazardous trees. The abundant mature beech and oak in the Wellesley Woodland, meant we often had to zig-zag some distance off the way-marked paths to check on the bigger trees.
It was useful to be able to discuss the tree features, such as cavities and dead wood, so we can then use our expertise to decide on the course of action, whether that’s monitoring or remediation work by us or a contractor.
Keen to retain the standing dead wood habitat, where possible larger trees that need work are chainsawed some distance off the ground to produce a monolith. These structures are fantastic habitats for bats, invertebrates and woodpeckers. When you’re out in Wellesley Woodland, why not see how many monoliths you can discover?
Acting Senior Ranger Stuart