Tree Surveying in Wellesley Woodland

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.

Stu tree surveying a mature beech with seepage from a cavity, the black staining on the near side

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



About blackwatervalleycountryside

The Blackwater Valley is located on the borders of Hampshire, Surrey and Berkshire and runs for approximately 30km from the source near Aldershot, northwards to Swallowfield. At its confluence it joins the rivers Whitewater and Loddon. The Loddon eventually flows into the River Thames near Reading. Work in the Blackwater Valley is co-ordinated by the Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership on behalf of the local authorities that border the Valley. Despite being surrounded by urban development the Valley provides an important green corridor for local residents As well as the Blackwater Valley Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a small part of the Basingstoke Canal SSSI, three nature reserves within the Valley catchment and many other areas have been recognised for their ecological importance. The local planning authorities covering the Valley have designated 31 other areas as ‘Wildlife Sites’.
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