UL Woodland Management Programme

We operate an ongoing best practice woodland management programme. As part of our woodland management we coppice willow and other aggressive fast growing species that can dominate and take over a woodland environment. We need to offer the opportunity for trees such as oak to develop and mature. These works are essential to reduce dense vegetation, break up vegetation mats and open up ground layer vegetation. This benefits tree regeneration and increases the variety of vegetation types and associated invertebrates and birds.

Coppicing completed on the North Bank recentlyIMG_2885

We have planted numerous native pollinator friendly trees such as crab apple (Malus sylvestris) their value to wild life is immense. The leaves are food for the caterpillars of many moths, including the eyed hawk-moth. The flowers provide an important source of early pollen and nectar for insects, particularly bees, and the fruit is eaten by birds, including blackbirds, thrushes and crows. Mammals, including mice, voles, foxes and badgers also eat crab apple fruit.

One of many crab apple trees (Malus sylvestris) planted to the rear of Dromroe Village

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