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