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As members of the National Trust for Scotland Dumfries and Galloway Countryside Team, we manage properties across Dumfries and Galloway, including Threave Estate and Nature Reserve; Rockcliffe Property; Venniehill; The Murray's Isles and Bruce's Stone. Our task is to conserve and maintain the variety of habitats and species present, at the same time managing the sites for the education and enjoyment of current and future generations.

24 May 2012

Thirsty Work:

We have been busy this week clearing a huge wind fallen beech near Kelton Hill Wood. The 70 inch diameter tree fell from the edge of the wood into one of the adjacent fields. The combination of physical work, protective gear and beaming sunshine resulted in some very hot working conditions. 
Most chainsaw work is usually done outside the bird breeding season so as not to disturb any nests, and therefore is usually much cooler than at present. However this tree had fallen as a result of the wet and windy weather we had in previous weeks and had fallen on to pasture so needed to be cleared.
However, the resulting influx of light onto the woodland floor should give opportunity to woodland ground flora to thrive and for the next generation of trees to establish themselves and compete for a place in the canopy.

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