Sampling old oak coppice at Loch Katrine

Katrine oak coppiceA weekend In November 2010 – just before the snows came – was spent at Loch Katrine, taking core samples in old oak coppice woods. Tree-ring analysis will reveal when coppicing last took place and identify the age of standard oaks, all helping to tie into documentary evidence for the woodland history of the area. This research builds on our prior project on Katrine historic wood pastures (Mills, Quelch & Stewart 2009 -see Projects page), and will complement an ecological project being undertaken by Forest Research (Colin Edwards) on deadwood. Thanks to FCS for access, the National Park, and the team of corers, Colin, Yvonne, Alan and Gordon. Further info and some video footage, courtesy of Gordon, at the Scottish Native Woods blog.

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