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It was interesting to read Toni's piece on coppicing in the latest RS journal. There was a sentence "one would never consider coppicing the Atlantic hazel woods". I assume this is for habitat and species reasons but as someone who's never been to these woods could someone shed more light on this? Is there no history of coppicing there at all?
Hazel is naturally multi-stemmed and so most of the Atlantic hazel you see has not been coppiced. Several very special rare fungi are adapted to long standing single and multiple stemmed trees. If you coppice them, you can lose the fungi.