Conifers


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

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.