We are now the distributor of all the in print handbooks published by The Conservation (TCV), formerly the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers ( BTCV). Bugs. BTCV handbooks online. Loads of really useful info, books include: Environments for All Local Action. Deer fencing is erected for any of the following purposes: To exclude deer from woodlands, including plantations, coppiced woodlands, newly planted amenity.

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An electric scare wire fixed on off-set brackets at mm 3′ height may also be useful to discourage deer from trying to force jandbooks way through a high fence of netting or line wires.

Hedging Hedgerow management for conservation volunteers and others interested in creating and maintaining hedgerows. Coppice regrowth and natural regeneration of trees is impossible in many places without fencing or other protection. Full of detailed drawings and text explaining in detail how the walls are constructed. Whilst you can’t beat the smell of a new book, this website will be updated regularly to keep up to date with practices and standards.

Woodlands Management of traditional British woodlands, and the creation of new woods and managing associated habitats.

Tap cross to close filters. Each one is illustrated and clearly laid out in a step-by-step format. Other electric systems use a separate electric fence consisting of a single wire mm 3′ high, and positioned 1. Of course, here’s the usual message about saving paper and ink – please only print when necessary!

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Sign up now for full access! There are btdv handbooks in total, each clearly illustrated bctv laid out in a step-by-step format.

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Maintenance and improvement of valuable waterways – bodies of fresh water, springs, ponds, lakes, streams, rivers, canals and ditches. Over 1, pages of fantastic background information, advice and instruction, written by experts, illustrated and clearly laid out in a step-by-step format. Volunteer with TCV – find an activity near you Search for an activity near you.


Become an expert in everything from tree planting to dry stone walling, woodland management to fencing, footpaths, hedging and more. For temporary fences, locally cut non-preserved poles are ideal for stakes and struts, and where large enough poles are available, for strainers also.

Where standard height stock fencing is erected at points brcv deer frequently attempt to cross, it may be better to use 90cm 3′ high rigid netting with a plain wire at the bottom, rather than at the top of the fence. The Urban Handbook Recognising the unique qualities of cities and towns to understand how best to contribute to environmental improvements. Commercial plantations or woods that need long term protection will require permanent deer fencing.

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How to construct handbopks repair dry stone walls, stone-faced earth banks, retaining walls and other dry stone features.

Remember to gather tools and so on to your side of the fence before you start attaching the netting, or you may have a long walk round! The series of TCV practical handbooks written mostly in the s and early s are the definitive publications giving comprehensive information about practical management tasks aimed at volunteer groups.

Clear and concise and exactly what I needed and will need in the future. An example of an oak paling fence surrounding handbolks deer park still in use is given on wooden fencing.

The dead hedge provides useful habitat for nesting birds, small mammals and other creatures.

The content and illustrations in each book will be regularly updated to keep pace with standards bctv practices. It will also include photos and videos – something that the paper books don’t or can’t. Keep up-to-date with NHBS products, news and offers.

Already have an account? Sand Dunes Maintenance and improvement btcc extremely fragile, valuable, natural habitats through manual work. There are three basic approaches to controlling deer damage to woodlands, which may need to be used in combination:.

Growing, planting and caring for trees to ensure success of planting and on providing an environment in which the young trees will thrive. Metal straining posts have been trialled see Forestry Commission Practice Note FCPN9, but in btv have been found to be more expensive and less satisfactory than traditional wooden strainers.


Toolcare Guidance on the storage, maintenance and repair of tools used in conservation work, and setting up workshops and toolstores.

Exceptional customer service Get specialist help and advice. It is an excellent manual with clear illustrations showing both best practice and the pitfalls to avoid. In some areas muntjac deer are causing significant damage to the ground flora of woodlands.

Individual protection of young trees will be more economical for smaller areas and for widely-spaced trees see special uses. Exclosure fences around newly planted woodlands also need to be secure if planting is going to be successful.

Visit the practical conservation handbooks. Use a crowbar to make pilot holes as necessary. Strainers can be built either using a straining post with strut and retaining wire see Forestry Commission design, page 55or using a box strainer, an example of which is shown below. Note that deer can easily injure themselves by attempting to jump normal stock fences. The basic procedure is the same as a normal height strained wire fence. A white tape attached to stakes to give extra height may act as a further deterrent.

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Conservation and the volunteer worker. Various systems are recommended by manufacturers see suppliers. The systems described below are useful for temporary fencing of coppices or newly planted woodland.

Semi-permanent or permanent electric line wire deer fences are not recommended, as the lines have to be so close together to prevent deer getting through that the fence works equally well unelectrified!

Skip to main content. Deer species differ in their susceptibility to electric shocks, with red deer the most, and roe deer the least susceptible.