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The Forest Ranger (who is the only person permitted to use a chainsaw) takes a last push at a birch before it fell!

29 January 2008

The team having a rest on a particularly pleasant day.

The view across Oakenhill towards the old rectory was completely clear of trees and shrubs 15 years previously and is now being encroached by the birch and gorse.


Grid Ref SO621076


Oakenhill is a large area of fairly open heathland which is beginning to become smothered by small birch and gorse. The area is important as a nesting site for Nightjars which are rare in Great Britain but are common in the Forest of Dean in the summer. We needed to clear the site but leave the taller, straighter trees for the nightjars. We were shown some photos taken about 15 years ago which made us realise that the shrubs and trees had started to impact on the natural heathland.

Further information on nightjars in on the RSPB website


Oakenhill view

Dean Green Team at rest

Tree clearance


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