Livestock Monitor

Penn Wood, High Wycombe, Bucks

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Project Summary

To support the woodland operations team with monitoring conservation grazing, which supports our aims of achieving: "A UK rich in native woods and trees for people and wildlife."

Need to know

  • Start Date: 26/10/2018
  • End Date: 31/12/2018
  • County: Buckinghamshire
  • Organisation Name: Woodland Trust
  • Project Category: Other


Project Description

We are looking for active and enthusiastic volunteers to join the Livestock Monitor team at Penn Wood.

Penn Wood is one of the largest ancient woodlands in the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and lies in the heart of this area. It has a long history and was once part of a very large common called Wycombe Heath. A herd of cows is still used to manage part of the site today as “wood pasture” and this continues the traditional management carried out in the past. The wood is an important place in the county for wildlife, where many important conservation activities are taking place, such as dormice monitoring and ancient woodland restoration.

In 2014 we launched a 3 year project funded by HLF, Veolia and the local community. The project is designed to improve community involvement in the woods, and make relevant to visitors the wood’s deep history and conservation importance. As part of our conservation work at Penn Wood we have a herd of cows grazing the site.

With a team of other volunteers, we would like you to regularly walk the site and account for the whereabouts and general health of the cattle.  Relevant experience is desirable.