Volunteers ‘guard’ juniper trees

Volunteers at Barrow Burn Wood. Picture by Duncan Hoyle
Volunteers at Barrow Burn Wood. Picture by Duncan Hoyle

A team of Northumberland Wildlife Trust volunteers made a return visit to a county nature reserve to help with the continued protection of a number of juniper trees.

Barrow Burn Wood, which lies 1km south of Alwinton, is home to a mix of alder, willow, rowan, ash and oak trees. Birdlife includes sparrowhawks, pied flycatchers, tree creepers and cuckoos.

Nestling on the hillside are 20 to 30 juniper trees, which are quite unusual for this region, so the team removed the tree guards from other successfully maturing trees and placed them around others to protect them from deer, thereby ensuring they continue to flourish.