BeWILD Woodland Management

The BeWILD Project in Berkshire was an ancient woodland management project funded under the Countdown 2010 Biodiversity Action Fund and undertaken by the Pang, Kennet and Lambourn Valleys Countryside Projects (FWAG) and the Thames Valley Environmental Records Centre (TVERC) between 2008 and 2011.

The project aimed to introduce the favourable management of semi-natural ancient woodlands at sites in Berkshire, in many cases with the help of volunteer groups. This was accompanied by training for landowners on Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) priority species, ancient trees and the value of options, such as coppice products and wood fuel, to make woodland management more sustainable.

The BeWILD Project Legacy Report (pdf 7.8Mb) has been produced to recognise the valuable contribution made by volunteers and to share experiences and findings of the Project Officers with others involved in woodland management in Berkshire and beyond, be it new or existing woodland owners and managers.

The BeWILD Legacy Report was written by the three project officers, with contributions from forestry consultant William Hamer, and produced with funding from the North Wessex Downs Sustainable Development Fund, the Friends of the Pang, Kennet and Lambourn Valleys (now the West Berkshire Countryside Society) and the Gerald Palmer Charitable Trust. TVERC provided support through the production of a series of maps using digital datasets relating to sites, habitats and species derived from the project, as well as document printing and production.

The Report describes the working undertaken during the life of the project, alongside case studies, advice for woodland projects, guidance on woodland management for wildlife, timber production, marketing and wood fuel, as well as lots of links to woodland and wood fuel organisations and other guidance material.

The BeWILD Legacy Report can also be found on North Wessex Downs AONB website, alongside other related information presented at the North Wessex Downs Woodland Forum on 6th February 2013.