Maiden Erlegh Nature Reserve

Dead Wood and Dead Hedges

You will notice that all of the woodland areas contain a large amount of dead wood - both standing and fallen. This is a vitally important part of a woodland habitat as many of the small woodland creatures spend at least part of their life munching through dead wood or hiding under damp logs. Many people see this dead wood as untidy but in fact a healthy woodland should consist of between 50-70% dead wood!

Dead wood is also used on this reserve to produce dead hedges. These are used to encourage visitors to stay on the paths and thereby avoid trampling the delicate woodland flowers.