About the site
Round Coppice is a 'Site of Importance for Nature Conservation' (SINC). A family of roe deer hide somewhere amongst the trees.
Man has worked these woods for generations. As the names suggest, these woods would once have been coppiced by the local farmer or even by roving woodsmen.
Coppicing is the traditional craft of harvesting woodlands. It is used to make a range of wood products such as hazel hurdles, tool handles, thatching spars and charcoal. Coppicing allows sunlight to reach the woodland floor, creating habitats for plants and animals.
The cut trees are not dead but will resprout new stems that will be suitable for harvesting again in years to come. A worked woodland will have many coups (cut areas) that are harvested on a rotation. Butterflies particularly enjoy the temporary sunny glades created by coppicing.
South Area Office, Ranger Depot, Pylands Lane, Southampton SO31 1BH
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