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Re: Guidance on Hedge Translocation

Subject: Re: Guidance on Hedge Translocation
From: Edmund Hopkins
Date: Aug 02 2006 07:42:31
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Rodney Helliwell (also Peter Buckley at Wye College) did that ancient wood
that was translocated to accomodate the channel tunnel infrastructure, and
has published at least one paper on the subject. I recollect they used a
whole range of measures from transplanting through to propagation, although
they didn't try digging up any trees. Moving the woodland soil with its
seed bank and maybe its invertebrates as well was an important aspect.

Surely the key to moving this hedge is a big bucket, with timing and
supervision also very important. Dom was modest about shifting his Devon
woodbank but I guess that would have been equally problematic.

I think the consensus on translocation generally is that it cannot work as
well as in situ conservation for features of great ecological complexity
because that complexity is lost.

Quoting Mark Hudson <>:

You could try English Nature, I recall (but not in detail I'm afraid)
that they have been involved in large scale habitat relocation for at
least one of the big bypass sites in the south; may be hedges were
included in those

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