Shedding light on woodland management

Woodland management at Parke, Devon

You might be wondering why we're felling trees

Much like the work we've undertaken on the larch, we're also creating coppiced glades throughout the woodland.

One of the key areas this year, has been at the far end of the railway line. The trees have been felled, but no chemicals or after-treatment has taken place and they'll slowly but surely grow back.

This traditional coppice management replicates work that would have been undertaken by traditional woodland managers for the production of charcoal. It creates successional habitat, which is beneficial to native wildlife, particularly butterflies.

We're hoping that this piece of work, on a south-east facing slope of the railway, will benefit a beautiful small butterfly, called the Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary.

Small Pearl -bordered Fritillary
Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary
Small Pearl -bordered Fritillary

Very low numbers of Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary's have been seen at Parke in recent years, but this management will hopefully increase their numbers.