Why build a den?
It is fun to do
You are disturbing a habitat
- LOOK under, on, in and around logs and branches lying on the ground. What plants, fungi and insects can you find using them as a home?
Dens can be dangerous –
- If dens are left they become unstable. Someone exploring them may be hurt
- Dry, dead wood leaning against a tree is a FIRE! Hazard
- The wood from dismantled dens can be used to build a new habitat for insects by stacking branches, twigs and dead leaves and building a “dead hedge”
The FIRST rule of being in the woods is “leave it as you found it”
- So – best practice is to leave fallen wood lying on the ground
As long as the wood is damp there will be LIFE in the wood
- Under it – slugs, woodlice, ants, snakes, fungi
- On it – ferns moss, lichens
- In it – beetles, bacteria, fungi
As soon as fallen wood is lifted and allowed to dry out, most life DIES
- So – DRY wood really is DEAD wood!