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Tyntesfield plantation case study

Where

Tyntesfield plantation woodland, Somerset

Who National Trust
Management type

Tree safety works

When 2008
Bat species affected 11 species of bats have been recorded in this woodland (although there is limited information on their use of the woodland e.g. roosting and foraging). Species include horseshoes, brown long-eared, pipistrelles, Myotis, serotine, noctules and whiskered bats
Activity involved During works to improve access on this site some mature trees were deemed to pose potential health and safety issues and work was needed to reduce these risks.
How was that activity modified

Trees that were known to be used by bats as navigational aids were retained. The health and safety risk of these trees (which were located on foot paths) was assessed and deemed low enough after tree works was completed to retain both the trees and the footpath. 

The footpath in question is permissive, and a landscape feature. There are many routes into the woodland and as part of the routine tree inspections the risk level is continually evaluated. Retaining the trees is a top priority, even if this means carrying out works over a number of years. At some point however these may prove to be beyond retaining.  

A single oak tree with bat potential did however need to be felled due to health and safety concerns. Bat surveys were carried out prior to felling with the work itself taking place at a non-sensitive time via gradual removal.

What were the results

Follow up surveys found the bats continued using their flight paths

Photos

Ride widening before (National Trust)

Ride widening (National Trust)

Further information

Tyntesfield plantation woodland detailed case study

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