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_MG_2881 Dead forest

Observed: 29th October 2011 By: miked
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Anyone know why this large chunk of forest is dead. Well I know why its dead its because the water level is raised and now its a bog so the oaks can't survive but the raising of the water level is recent, was it deliberate or a natural event? Clearly there has been substantial management in the area. the area is nicely seen on google but the death is much more extensive now than shown on the aerial photo.
An ideal observation location to revisit in future to see what species has taken over there from the oaks.

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Vinny's picture

Knew where this was before I even looked at the map.

One of my regular walking areas, and the trees have been dying off for at least 5 years - so whatever caused the change in the water table goes back some time. The fairly even spacing and tall, straight trunks suggest these were likely planted rather than self-seeded.

miked's picture

I wondered if it was due to

I wondered if it was due to some ditches accidentally getting blocked (in which case why was it not sorted out before) or if it is some kind of experiment to recreate a different type of habitat in the area.

Vinny's picture

Water table is very low in the area

so it wouldn't take much to cause this kind of event. It might even have been the gravel track that runs next to the wood. It looks in very good condition and may have been raised and improved. This could have blocked natural drainage in that direction.

miked's picture

You mean the water table is

You mean the water table is very high? tried walking across the area in wellies but soon found its a swamp. the red deer seemed to make it though. they had been digging out very large new ditches in the area and these had a lot of water in them.

Vinny's picture

Yes - very high!

I meant to say the area is very low-lying :)
I've traversed it in spells of drought, but even then it was still very marshy.

cabbageleek's picture

mining subsidence

Could it be due to mining subsidence in this area? Let's hope it isn't "fixed" wetlands are much rarer than woollands;-)