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Wildlife

Isle of Wight woodlands are unique in the UK for supporting populations of Red squirrel, Dormice and Bechstein’s bat.

Coppicing helps to keep our woodlands in good condition for these nationally rare mammals and enables woodland flowers such as Bluebells and Wood Anemone to thrive by allowing more light to penetrate the leaf canopy and reach the woodland floor. Many of these plants are important food sources for butterflies and other insects which in turn, provide food for birds and small mammals.

Coppicing also keeps trees healthy and flourishing, stimulating growth to increase the life of the tree. In a well-managed coppice woodland the varied age structure of the vegetation also provides good habitats and cover for a wide variety of bird species including Pipits, Yellowhammer, Linnets and Whitethroat.