Talk by Dr Andy Lear, Reserves Manager, Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust
Saturday 6th May 2017
In front of a packed room at Holbrook Hall, Andy Lear talked about the history of woodlands in Leicestershire, how they had been managed or mismanaged in the past, and what the Trust has done and is doing to restore their value for wildlife. The management includes opening up rides, creating scallops (open areas next to rides), creating glades, removing non-native conifers, thinning trees and restoring coppicing. He described how this had led to the reappearance of flowers such as the violet helleborine and butterflies like the silver-washed fritillary.
Andy also talked about the threats to Leicestershire’s woodland from diseases such as ash dieback and from the effects of global warming.