Conservation Courses

Wings Conservation Courses aim to provide an accessible and safe environment where young people can learn new skills, explore new activities and make friends.

Coppicing at Shebbear


A previous project invloved working in a small coppice woodland in Shebbear. Although the plantation is around a hundred years old it has been neglected for the past 30 years. The project aims to restore the coppice to a traditional rotation cycle to allow timber to be harvested and access to the public.

Course members have learned about coppice rotation and traditional rural skills, path laying, drainage and tree felling. We hope future projects within the woodlands will involve bushcraft cookery, building willow arbors and charcoal making.


Wear Giffard Sea Lock

  Young people from as far afield as South Molton came to work on the sea lock restoration at Annery Kiln . Work included scrub clearance, removal of invasive plants and construction work such as casting concrete cap stones and re-pointing.


Moreton Woods

  We have previously been working alongside Torride District Council and Bideford College to start a tidy up operation in Moreton Woods. As well as clearing scrub and litter picking, young people have been laying paths to improve access for the public and building woodland steps. Students from Bideford College have also designed and built timber woodland bins to alleviate the litter problem. They can be seen at the entrance to the woods on the Clovelly road.


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