Conifers


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Woodpecker feeding sign
Woodpecker feeding sign
Pheasant print
Pheasant print
Green huntsmans spider
Green huntsmans spider
Fallow deer skull
Fallow deer skull
Raven
Raven
Common toad
Common toad
Grass snake
Grass snake
Door snail
Door snail
Fox scat
Fox scat
Seal
Seal
Rat print in mud
Rat print in mud
Raven skull
Raven skull
Slow worm
Slow worm
Blackbird track in mud
Blackbird track in mud
Rabbit hole
Rabbit hole
 Female blackbird
Female blackbird
Roman snail
Roman snail
Robin
Robin
Buzzard
Buzzard
Badger scat
Badger scat
Hornet
Hornet
Deer scat
Deer scat
Blue tit
Blue tit
Chaffinch
Chaffinch
Common lizard
Common lizard
Wood ants
Wood ants
Badger print in sand
Badger print in sand
Rabbit scat
Rabbit scat
Frog spawn on a post
Frog spawn on a post
Deer couch
Deer couch
Sika deer
Sika deer
Fox
Fox
Egretts
Egretts
Pheasant
Pheasant
Wood mouse
Wood mouse
Woodpecker anvil
Woodpecker anvil
Deer slots
Deer slots
Nuthatch feeding sign
Nuthatch feeding sign
Fox print
Fox print
Blackbird
Blackbird
Badger set
Badger set
Badger print
Badger print
Lesser stag beetle
Lesser stag beetle
Dipper
Dipper
Woodpecker feeding sign
Woodpecker feeding sign
Swans
Swans
Long tailed tit nest
Long tailed tit nest
Marsh harrier
Marsh harrier
Badger print in sand trap
Badger print in sand trap
Frog
Frog
Duck print in mud
Duck print in mud
Badger latrine
Badger latrine
Long tailed tit
Long tailed tit

Conifers

We’ve always been lovers of traditional broadleaf woodland.  Most of the conifers we encountered were in plantations, where they’d been planted to produce timber in a short time frame.  Conifer plantations can seem sterile compared to a broadleaf woodland, with the floor devoid of anything other than needles and the odd wood ant colony.  Often trees fall over because they have a shallow root system.  Still, they can be a useful resource for our bushcraft (although we don’t have any in our ancient woodland), and make shelter building straightforward as well as firewood collection easy, but overall, we prefer broadleaf.

After a visit to Bedgebury Pinetum a few years back, and seeing conifers left to grow as they would in the wild, we changed our minds a little about them.  Some of the trees were stunning and looked nothing like their cousins in a plantation, for example the western hemlock was nothing like the ones we were familiar with from plantations such as Clowes Wood.  If you’re into facts and figures, conifers provide the record breakers as far as trees are concerned – the tallest, widest, heaviest, oldest trees are all species of conifer.

You can find loads of photos of our ancient broadleaf woodland, and of our courses, on our Facebook page.