Sustainable woodland management for zoo animal feed

Whilst providing an essential source of feed material to zoo animals for nutrition and enrichment, there is a double benefit for woodland management.

In cropping this material we replicate woodland management processes that lead to increased biodiversity in woodlands. These traditional woodland practices provide improved habitat for a variety of mammals, invertebrates, ground nesting birds and flora through providing a mosaic of growth structure.

In conjunction with our browse supply project to zoos we have begun the process of implementing traditional management practices back to the wood. This is predominantly in the form of reopening woodland rides, coppicing and pollarding. This work is carried out closely with landowners, the Zoological Society for London and Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire.