Save Garth Coppice - Help Protect Wildlife Habitats

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Garth Coppice is a 38 acre mixed woodland on the Shropshire Powys border near Llansantffraid-ym-Mechain.

This woodland (and the adjoining Ty-issa Woodland) will be felled by Tilhill Forestry in September 2019 on behalf of the landowner The Beauclerk Estate.

We call upon Tilhill Forestry, The Beauclerk Estate and Bowen Sons &  Watson (the Land Agent) to reconsider their decision to fell.

The woodland contains a commercial forestry crop which has been neglected for decades and as a result countless deciduous trees have grown in the woodland to create a rich and varied wildlife habitat.

Although commercially small at 38 acres, the woodland supports a wide diversity of species including Buzzards, Bats, Tawny and Little Owls, Sparrowhawks, Goshawks, Woodpeckers (Spotted & Green), Siskins, Goldcrests, Jays, Corvids, most species of Tit and Finch and mammals including Foxes and Badgers. Wildflowers include carpets of bluebells, Early Purple Orchids, Marsh Marigolds, Wood Anemones, Wild Primrose and many more.

This woodland lies in an agricultural area and if felled, much of the wildlife has no where to go.(Did you know that the long standing pair of breeding Tawny Owls that live in the wood will try and find a new territory when it is felled and will be probably be killed by rival owls protecting their territory).

The woodland represents a wildlife oasis in an agricultural desert and  we call upon Tilhill Forestry, The Beauclerk Estate and Bowen Sons & Watson to put habitat and wildlife conservation and societal benefit and wellbeing ahead of limited commercial gain.

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