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Voltaire's Wood Biodiversity Program

Alongside our management of Hazel Woods, restoring coppice and thinning dense areas, we are conducting a biodiversity monitoring program so we can see the effect that our work has on the woodland life over the years - a sign that we are managing it well. We are currently collecting baseline data on what species are present as well as surveying the habitat quality.

Goldfinch (Flickr: HaPe_Gera)

We have over 200 species of plant and 50 species of bird recorded in the woodland already, but we hope to increase the diversity of some the lower quality areas through our habitat management. Cutting coppice and thinning out dense areas allows light to get to the floor so that more plants can grow which may attract different insects which may attract more birds to the woods. We are also looking at butterfly numbers as an indicator of habitat quality hoping to attract some of the rarer species. One day we may have small pearl bordered fritillaries flitting down butterfly glide. That will be a sure sign of success.


Here's a snapshot of where we are in May 2020.


Voltaire’s Butterflies

Brimstone

Holly blue

Orange-tip

Fritillary

Comma

Common Blue

Painted lady

Small tortoiseshell

Common blue

Large white

Peacock

Small white

Dingy skipper

Marbled white

Red admiral

Speckled wood

Green-veined white

Meadow brown

Silver washed

Silver-washed Fritillary (Flickr: HaPe_Gera)

Voltaire’s Birds

Non-passerines

Barn owl

Kestral

Stock dove

Buzzard

Mallard

Swift

Collared dove

Merlin

Tawny owl

Great spotted woodpecker

Pheasant

Wood pigeon

Green woodpecker

Sparrowhawk

Woodcock

Passerines

Black bird

Goldcrest

Magpie

Skylark

Blackcap

Goldfinch

Marsh tit

Song thrush

Bluetit

Great tit

Mistle thrush

Spotted flycatcher

Bullfinch

Greenfinch

Nuthatch