Yorkshire Water woodland sites

Woodland sites are steep-sided, inaccessible moorland fringe locations that are unsuitable for other uses.

Gill Beck

Gill Beck Wood and Arnagill are examples of woodland sites. Poor maintenance of boundaries has led to overgrazing as animals have eaten all the emerging trees, which has depleted the shrub layer. The woodland has an unvaried structure – there are tall, older trees but no smaller, emerging trees. This can give the woodland a uniform, plantation-like appearance.

Work in progress

Boundary repairs (field gates, water gates, dry stone walls and stock fences), and tree plantings are taking place. 3-year-old tree seedlings, known as whips have been planted in tall tubes, 1.2 metres high, to give extra protection against grazing and to allow the young trees to compete against invasive bracken.

What's happening next

We are aiming to restore the woodland to a state where it consists of a mixed range of ages and species of trees. This will provide more habitat opportunities for wildlife such as flycatchers, dippers, redstarts, tawny owls, sparrowhawks and goshawks plus numerous mammals and countless invertebrates.

Monitoring and maintenance of the boundaries will continue for the next 5 to 10 years, along with monitoring of the trees and ground flora.


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