Here at Hi-Line, we are experts at woodland management. From carrying out surveys to felling trees, we do it all, but what is woodland management actually for? The management of our woodlands helps to maintain them so that future generations can enjoy them as much as we do. Today, it is about making sure that they continue to thrive and provide habitats for all of our wildlife and also be somewhere we can go to surround ourselves in nature, away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
With the imminent arrival of autumn, now is the perfect time for you and your family to head out and see how the changing seasons impact our woodland; from the changing colours of the leaves to the changing habits of our wildlife. There are so many different activities which you and your family can do, here are our favourites:
Walking is a great way to explore your local woodlands. If you are unsure of where you can go for a walk then check out the Woodland Trust’s page which has a map of all of their woodlands, which are free to visit, all you have to do is enter your postcode and it will find all the local woodlands to you. Just remember to wear suitable shoes and take waterproof coats!
This can be a great family activity, teaching your children all about wild foods and where to find them. It is always advisable to check whether you are allowed to forage as not every woodland owner allows it. There are lots of different wild foods which grow around Britain. You could find wild strawberries, blackberries and elderberries, all of which can be used to create delicious jams. Just make sure that you don’t over-forage, remember that these fruits and berries could also be eaten by wildlife and are very important!
This is another fun activity to do with your children. Encourage them to look around and point out as many different wildlife species that they can find, perhaps they could make a list. There are many different species of mammals, birds, butterflies and more that live in our woodlands that they are sure to be kept busy for hours exploring and discovering.
Get creative whilst out and about by collecting small and available things which you can later compile into a scrapbook. Items such as leaves, flowers, bark, twigs and even your photographs of the woodland can be put together in a scrapbook and will be a constant reminder of your favourite woodland or the day that you spent there together. However, always remember to collect responsibly! Don’t take too much, disturb or damage the woodland, this can have bad consequences for the wildlife and plants that live there.
If you would like to talk about any woodland management issues, or get advice on a particular problem, then please get in touch with the Hi-Line team today and we will be happy to help.