Create your own dead wood habitats – London Tree Surgeons

London Tree Surgeons can supply logs (normally free of charge) to make a wildlife habitat and help you become a wildlife gardener.

If you need convincing that a dead wood habitat in your London garden is a good thing, follow the link below.

Saving the small things that run the planet

The wood supplied is known as course wooden debris, CWD.

Wikipedia describes it as follows;

Coarse woody debris (CWD) is a term used in English-speaking countries for fallen dead trees and the remains of large branches on the ground in forests and in rivers or wetlands. Some prefer the term coarse woody habitat (CWH). A dead standing tree is known as a snag and provides many of the same functions as coarse woody debris. The minimum size required for woody debris to be defined as “coarse” varies by author, ranging from 2.5–20 cm (1–8 in) in diameter.

Since the 1970s, forest managers worldwide have been encouraged to allow dead trees and woody debris to remain in woodlands, recycling nutrients trapped in the wood and providing food and habitat for a wide range of organisms, thereby improving biodiversity.

By providing both food and microhabitats for many species, coarse woody debris helps to maintain the biodiversity of forest ecosystems. Up to forty percent of all forest fauna is dependent on CWD. Studies in western North America showed that only five per cent of living trees consisted of living cells by volume, whereas in dead wood it was as high as forty percent by volume, mainly fungi and bacteria. Colonizing organisms that live on the remains of cambium and sapwood of dead trees aid decomposition and attract predators that prey on them and so continue the chain of metabolizing the biomass.

The list of organisms dependent on CWD for habitat or as a food source includes bacteria, fungi, lichens, mosses and other plants, and in the animal kingdom, invertebrates such as termites, ants, beetles, and snails, amphibians such as salamanders, reptiles such as the slow-worm, as well as birds and small mammals. One third of all woodland birds live in the cavities of dead tree trunks. Woodpeckers, tits, chickadees, and owls all live in dead trees

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