Davidstow Harvesting – A response from Forestry England

Over the past few weeks we have recieved some emails from concerned members reagrding the continuing harvesting operation at Davidstow Woods and the potential threat to early nesting rare breeding birds.

After making some enquiries I had a very helpful email back from Reuben King; the Forester of the site:

Dear CBWPS,

Thank-you for your enquiry related to the harvesting works at Davidstow.

We have begun our planned harvesting and continue to monitor the site for nesting birds, If we find any we will put in place appropriate exclusion zones to minimise disturbance.

Considering a range of constraints, there is no risk free time of year to work, but we plan our work to minimise its impact. We have started the harvesting in Davidstow now to attempt to avoid the spring/summer period, whereas we recently worked Rough Tor Plantation during the summer months to minimise the impact on the important starling roosts.

The Bodmin Forest Plan (Bodmin Forest Plan) covers an area approx. 589ha which provides a range of habitats for different nesting birds. The area we are currently harvesting at Davidstow covers approx. 2% of the Bodmin Plan area. Our programmed cyclical felling and restocking continues to provide structural diversity to the forest, providing habitats for a range of wildlife.

With reference to Davidstow please ensure that your members comply with safety signage at all times.

If you have any further questions, please let me know.

Kind regards,

Reuben King 

Forester

Cornwall

Forestry England

It is reassuring to hear that Forestry England are aware of rare breeding birds and will actively protect them. But we can help them with this by sending records to myself at [email protected]. I can then send the location to the forester who can set up an exclusion zone if it is needed. This is a great example of how sharing bird news with CBWPS can help sensitive species as we have excellent connections with orgisations such as Forestry England, Natural England and Cornwall Wildlife Trust.

Now is a great time of year to look for displaying Goshawk, drumming Lesser Spotted Woodpecker and calling Long-eared Owl at night. Sharing any sites you find with us will protect the breeding sites and help contribute to national surveys.

Bob Bosisto ; County Recorder