Saturday, 20 February 2010

Volunteering at Noar Hill, Selbourne

At Noar Hill I learnt how to fell small trees with hand tools, under the instruction of the Hampshire Conservation Volunteer [HCV] Trainer, David Hurst.

picture courtesy Mark Dakin [HCV]

Whilst we concentrated on cutting back Ash (Fraxinus excelsior)  and holly (Ilex sp.) with hand-tools, chain-saws dealt with the much larger beech (Fagus sylvatica). The felling took place as part of the Hampshire and IOW Wildlife Trust management plan, to clear secondary woodland and expand the chalkdown grassland on site.
Despite excellent health and safety instruction the day was only slightly marred by a freak handsaw accident.

1 x red kite (Milvus milvus) was the birding highlight of the day.

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