Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Sherwood Forest (March 2018)

Near to the Major Oak in Sherwood Forest is an area managed under the Sherwood Grazing Project. The aim is to restore the natural woodlands of the Birklands, an old Viking word meaning 'birch land'. This includes the continued survival of the old oaks trees by removing non-native trees such as pine, beech and sycamore, and replacing them with native oaks and birch. The project also uses hardy breeds of grazing livestock to maintain the habitats for the trees and it is not uncommon to come across a herd of longhorn cattle in the wood.

The grazing project area is one of my favourite places to photograph the oak trees including some of the old trees that are allowed to decline gracefully, providing habitats for insects and fungi, some of which are very rare.

No comments:

Post a Comment