A rough guide to conservation work on the Edge

Volunteers at work

Our conservation work on Wenlock Edge happens all year round.

Conservation work is a major part of what we do on Wenlock Edge and it is going on all year round. We tend to split our work into what we do in the woodland, the meadows and monitoring wildlife.

Work in the woodland tends to happen in the autumn and winter months. During this time we are thinning, safety felling and coppicing.  Coppicing means cutting trees down to ground level which allows light to reach the woodland floor as well as extending a tree's life.  It also encourages biodiversity and is important for our dormouse population. 

Work in our flower-rich meadows tends to happen in the summer months. This is mainly mowing and hay strewing but our flock of Hebridean sheep work hard conservation grazing all year round! It is important to remove the nutrients from our limestone grasslands to discourage vigorous grasses and brambles from growing and encourage low nutrient loving flora such as orchids.  

Wildlife monitoring mostly happens from spring to autumn. We monitor pied flycatchers in the spring/summer and dormice in the spring and autumn. To do this we look out for hazelnuts which have been nibbled, a favourite food of dormice and look into nest boxes (you need a licence to do this).  We also carry out a habitat condition survey during this time and an archaeology survey in the winter.

See what we else we are up to on our blog.