Monday, January 21, 2013

Flying over Lochan Burn

A unique view of where we are working, photography by Liz Hanson

Aerial imagery gives a good logistical overview of a project of this scale.

Images like this give the idea of a blank canvas when it comes to designing woodland; there are no existing trees and no boundaries other than altitude, water courses and rock formations.

We use physical features on the ground to form the structure of the woodland we are planting. The species of tree that we plant is determined by factors such as soil type, altitude, drainage etc. These factors are normally reflected in the existing vegetation cover and generally we use this as a guide as to what species to plant at any given spot or more generally the woodland type that will cover an area.

In some cases there are a wide variety of ground types and therefore resulting woodland types in any given area. It is conceivable to take a photograph of that area and draw/annotate on the boundaries between ground types simply by the identifying the vegetation present. From this an image of where the differing woodland types are to be planted can be produced, in some ways this would be like painting by numbers.

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Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Alder with altitude

Planting the highest Alder in the country.

Alder at the Lochan Burn, Corehead, Moffat Hills, Scotland

"High Altitude New Native Woodland in the Southern Uplands. The highest naturally occurring Alder Alnus glutinosa in the country is found in the Highlands at c.547m a.s.l. The planting of alder at Lochan Burn will match this and offer the exciting prospect of some of the highest altitude alder woodland in the country. The planting is somewhat experimental as nobody is certain about the limits of this type of forest under natural conditions. Taken together with some of the highest altitude sessile oak Quercus petraea and Ash Fraxinus excelsior and the establishment of montane scrub at even higher altitudes, Treesurv are providing the vital practical backbone to this new and exciting attempt at native forest restoration in the Southern Uplands."

Stuart Adair, Habitat Ecologist and Environmental Consultant, Jan 2013.


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Friday, January 04, 2013

What is a Cleuch?

Cleuch Planting

We have just completed a Cleuch native planting project and when talking to people about this work it occured that some people might not know what a Cleuch is.

This is the scots word for a gorge, ravine, cliff or crag. Cleuch's can be very interesting places to find yourself, rich in flora and fauna you can come across some really intesting sights. Trees somehow grow out of rock faces where there roots are above there crown and recently we even came across some wild goats wondering around.

This film shows a Cleuch that we have recently restocked with native tree species in order to help the Black Grouse population re-establish itself.


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Tuesday, January 01, 2013

News for the New Year

All the best for 2013

Best wishes to everyone for the New Year from all at Treesurv.

It looks set to be a busy year with the planting work now well under way at the Corehead project and plenty of tree management work to fit in a long the way.
We had a busy time over the Christmas period with a native planting project at Fruid Farm, Tweedsmuir. This work involved Cleuch planting to re-establish habitat for Black Grouse, The interesting thing in doing this is that it is in a valley that connects up to the native planting we are undertaking at Lochan Burn, this also having the objective of providing habitat for Black Grouse. Further to this both sites are not too far away from the already established Carrifran Wildwood Project making the wider area in general something special.

Sunday the 6th Jan we are going to be having a get together at the Bothy in Lochan Burn for a drink and nibbles to welcome the New Year and toast the final phase of the planting work at Corehead. All are welcome and the plan is to meet at the Bothy for between 12 and 1pm. 

Over the next week we are going to be sending all of our clients a 2013 calendar but if you don’t receive one please don’t hesitate to contact us and we would be more than happy to send one to you.

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