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Building Resilience in the Bovey Valley
Wednesday, September 4th, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Natural England, Woodland Trust and Plantlife will show you how they are using citizen science to monitor changes lichens and bryophytes (species that people normally ignore) before and after some carefully-focused management to increase light levels and improve conditions for these species. This work has been focussed on old wood-banks and boundary trees, that have become increasingly shaded, threatening their rich lower plant interest. Please see relevant sections of our blog for more details on the project: https://eastdartmoorwoods.org/category/building-resilience/
Issues of shading threatening the south-west Atlantic woodland’s rich lower plant interest are not unique to the Bovey Valley. Through this demonstration event you will find out about Plantlife’s wider project ‘Building Resilience in South West Woodlands’, which is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. You will learn about the Rapid Woodland Assessment tool which can be used to assess the potential of any wood to support Atlantic woodland lichens and bryophytes, and to identify potential threats and conservation management actions. For more info see the link below. https://www.plantlife.org.uk/uk/our-work/conservation-projects/woodland/building-resilience-in-south-west-woodlands
Themes to be covered: An appreciation of lower plants and their required management. Use of citizen science in monitoring on site and through the rapid woodland assessment.
Hot and cold drinks will be provided. Please bring lunch.
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