The winter months are the ideal time to carry out management on the hedges and scrub, causing minimal disruption to wildlife and its habitat. Working rotationally on these habitats further reduces any impact, as a refuge is always maintained even when seemingly quite dramatic work such as coppicing is undertaken.
One of the tasks this winter has been to begin to rejuvenate and thicken a block of blackthorn scrub.
This species can form really dense thickets which are favoured by species like bullfinch. However, as the blackthorn matures it becomes quite drawn and leggy in character and begins to loose its 'thicket' quality. The thinner structure is less valuable for birds.The answer is to coppice it in rotation to encourage denser re-growth.