Join our South West England Regional Group on 22 November to hear about two local projects.
About the event
Dartmoor Forest Futures
We will be joined by forestry consultant Jez Ralph of Evolving Forests to discuss the recently-completed woodland resource analysis of Dartmoor woodlands, along with its initial findings and next steps. The first phase was completed through a four-stage process:
- Assessment of existing information & data on woodland extent, new planting and harvesting
- Sample inventory of woodland to corroborate and add to existing information
- Forest Research inventory assessment using National Forest Inventory data
- Analysis of the supply-chain of wood from owner to end-user.
This research has highlighted many issues such as the lack of planting, the poor age spread of crops, the finite availability of important species such as larch and western red cedar. For many, these will be familiar themes, but we hope to highlight some positives and how we might view the resource going forward.
Two Moor Pine Marten Project
The Two Moors Partnership is comprised of both Dartmoor and Exmoor National Park Authorities, the National Trust, Devon Wildlife Trust and the Woodland Trust. The partnership was formed with the aim of exploring the potential for restoring a viable pine marten population to the wooded landscape across Somerset and Devon. Vincent Wildlife Trust has carried out an initial feasibility study to assess the suitability of the Two Moors Project area for future pine marten reintroductions. The preliminary feasibility assessment presented here suggests that a landscape-scale pine marten reintroduction project across Devon and Somerset merits further investigation. Modelling methods were used to assess habitat suitability and landscape connectivity across the region. The results of the most conservative models show that the large area of woodlands parallel to the northern coast of Somerset is the most contiguous region of highly suitable habitat for pine martens within the Two Moors Project area.
Following the initial feasibility study we intend to share with you the likely next steps and how and when it might be possible for pine martens to be re-introduced into South West England. We will be joined by Eleanor Lewis, Partnerships lead for the Woodland Trust in the South West, Chris Giles, Head of Conservation at Dartmoor National Park, Alex Reader, South West Landscapes Partnerships Manager for the National Trust, and Ed Parr-Ferris, Devon Wildlife Trust.
Throughout the visit there will be some small scale demonstration forestry activities to help inspire our thoughts.
Ticket Type 1 - Standard
Ticket Price 1 - £15
Event Region - south_west_england