It has been a couple of years since the lovely ‘Phil’ from Kings Hedgelaying and Rural Services laid our roadside hedge. It has been given a light winter trim this year to encourage the growth.
We have been amazed at how much wildlife has been encouraged by the piles of brash! We have never had rabbits at Cheese Vat…. Hares by the dozen, but never bunnies. This Spring Pasha, our black Labrador, kept spotting them and trying to catch them unawares! The second thing we noticed was that a pair of Goshawks made the woodland their home for the summer. They have gone now, but so have the rabbits – they main source of food – so we shall look on with interest in 2016 to see if they return.
Phil has also been giving the Woodland a Second Thinning this Autumn to help the trees to develop and get more light onto the forest floor.
The extra light, as well as the useful logs, makes this a wonderful hunting ground for the owls we hear hooting at night.