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Reforestation and wildlife

Reforestation and wildlife

Reforestation fields are significant points of utility. Providing various types of production depending on the trees or shrubs being care for. With fruit and timber production being the most common when establishing a reforestation area.

The local impact of such practices over time includes the creation of microclimates and the gradual contribution of nutrients from the organic matter of the reforestation, fostering growth.

reforestation netting
Preserving, caring for, and creating greener environments will bring multiple benefits to the surrounding areas.

However, such projects often face challenges, sometimes stemming from the surrounding environment, particularly the local fauna. How is this possible? Reforestation areas should be viewed as cultivated land that can be beneficial if properly cared for and necessary measures are taken for their progress.

factors of poor care

Care issues arise in the area where reforestation will take place. With plants destined for this purpose facing periodic care during their growth. Which may encounter setbacks such as insect attacks, health issues caused by fungi and bacteria, hostile weather, and animal predation.

fauna

When discussing fauna, it encompasses the set of animals belonging to a regional geographical area. Coexisting in balance according to various factors present.

Changes in a fauna’s habitat often lead to its displacement in search of better shelter or food. A scenario common in deforested and subsequently reforested forests.

Over time, some animals may perceive newly planted seedlings as an easy food resource. Marking the area as their territory and causing damage to young plant stems and bark.

This issue can become unsustainable in many reforestation areas due to wildlife protection laws and regulations.

Animals like deer, rabbits, and roe deer are often problematic for reforestation fields. With rabbits being particularly troublesome due to their high numbers and reproductive capacity. Other types of animals can also pose problems depending on their habitat.

the best mesh option

Mesh fencing emerges as a preferred option when dealing with rabbits. It’s essential to note that these animals target tender young stems and bark, causing severe and often irreversible damage. Various methods, such as repellents, prove effective in deterring them.

However, the use of repellents or pesticides can be costly and may risk environmental contamination. Hunting or trapping is also employ, but wildlife hunting is prohibit in many areas.

type of fauna

Wooden fences are another option, although rabbits can dig under them or even jump over if not tall enough. Additionally, wooden fences deteriorate over time due to weather and rabbit gnawing.

Metal wire fences face similar challenges, being expensive, unattractive, and difficult to install or remove. Though more resistant to rabbit gnawing, they degrade with exposure to weather elements, necessitating replacement.

Plastic polypropylene mesh emerges as a popular choice for reforestation fields due to its durability and effectiveness. However, selecting the right mesh type and employing it correctly are crucial.

types of meshes used

The same thing will happen with metal fences, not to mention that they are expensive. Unsightly and often complicated to install and remove when the time comes. These are much more resistant to the gnawing of hares and rabbits. But not so much to moisture, rain and direct sunlight that they will receive. Degrading it and suffering the effects of rust, leading to remove and replace it with a new one.

The use of polypropylene plastic nets is one of the most used options when it comes to reforestation fields. Either to fence the area in question or to directly protect the plant and the bark. But, although there is a great variety of what is know in the market as anti-rabbit netting. It have be see that the right ones are not use and are use in the wrong way.

take care of your crop and the local fauna

When damage is found in the area to be reforested cause by the surrounding fauna, it must first be determined which of the possible causes is the real culprit, because if when damage is found in the stems, plants or bark it is assumed at first glance that it is a particular animal without knowing in depth what it really is, then protection measures will be used that will be infective against the real culprit.

As previously mention, a fence can fall down because of the holes that rabbits and hares make under the fence; this happens not because it was not dug deep enough to avoid the possible passage of these animals subway, but because it was assumed that it was another type of animal.

protection system

A basic technique against rabbit and hare attacks is that when digging, to install the method of protection against these animals, a fold should be left to make the animal in question think that the fence will not end. It must be remembered that this species of animal usually digs deep burrows so that, if it finds at a certain point that the fence in question ends, it will continue digging. On making the necessary fold when the rabbit reaches the bottom it will come up against a kind of “floor” which it will not be able to pass.

If previously it was assumed that an animal other than the rabbit or the hare is the cause of damage to the field to be reforested then other types of measures will be assumed which will not work against the real culprit as has just been seen with the folding at thirty or forty centimeters depth when installing a fence.

chicken wire protecting some plants
The netting provides ideal protection for plants from external threats so that they can grow properly.

general protections

Now, the above mentioned refers to the general protection of all the trees and plants within the given area. But that is not the only protection that exists for plants and trees. There is also what is know as individual protection, which is nothing more than providing the necessary protection to the tree or plant in question, but with a type of fence that will only protect a single individual.

With this type of protection it is necessary to be more careful when implementing them since, here, as in the case of general fencing with wire fences or wooden fences, if the exact animal causing the damage in question is not know, then the attack of the real culprit will be lethal and irreversible. It should also be include that, even if the cause of the damage is know, the individual protectors are choose for two factors

factors

the first has already been discussed and is the type of animal that attacks the tree. The second factor is the type of tree or plant to be care for. You can get with the case that you buy a mesh against rabbits or an inexpensive individual protector that protects against these animals, but the type of plant grows much faster and expands more than other species so the protector will only serve for a short season.

high light netting

The rabbit netting used as an individual tree guard is of the “total” guard type that serves to protect both the bark and the leaves of the tree. Rabbits and hares often damage the bark of trees by constantly gnawing at the base of the tree or the area chosen by these furry animals, causing the tree in question to dry out and die. Total protection also extends to covering the leaves and keeping them out of the reach of rabbits. One of the names by which rabbit and hare netting is commonly know is “high-light netting” or “high-light plastic netting”.

chickenmalla helping Reforestation
The individual protection of the trees will make them obtain a good growth and development.

The use of both types of protection is usually recommend to provide the maximum possible security because, if the general fencing fails, individual protection can provide another barrier of defense against wildlife attack. However, these protections (which are highly necessary) often have their drawbacks, especially in large areas.

For example, fences and wire fences over the whole area entail a periodical revision in search of points through which there has been some kind of access or damage. As well as the search for animals that may have passed through, but not come out. Individual protections, the cost can become really high if it is very large extensions. In addition to the fact that the same mesh against rabbits may cause risks of deformation or damage to the tree if it is not well place or is not periodically revise.

Careful with reforestation

In short, reforestation takes a careful process of protection in which several factors must be take into account, especially the wildlife factor, which is often a problem because of the protections and regulations that keep it protected, often tying the hands of those who try to stop the continuous advance of plantations of this kind.

The general protections (of the whole area to be reforest) are install according to the type of fauna of the place, implementing fences, fences or wire fences and individual protection according to certain group of animals such as rabbits and hares, for example.

chicken wire protecting a tree from external attacks
The nets protect trees and plants from attack by predators.

This article is a brief general idea to help you understand a little more about what to take into account if you have problems with wildlife in an area to be reforest such as, for example, rabbits, and what tools to use such as the well-known rabbit netting.

for example, rabbits, and what tools to use as the well-known mesh against rabbits.

Fill out the form below to let us know your questions or comments:

Reforestation fields are significant points of utility. Providing various types of production depending on the trees or shrubs being care for. With fruit and timber production being the most common when establishing a reforestation area.

The local impact of such practices over time includes the creation of microclimates and the gradual contribution of nutrients from the organic matter of the reforestation, fostering growth.

reforestation netting
Preserving, caring for, and creating greener environments will bring multiple benefits to the surrounding areas.

However, such projects often face challenges, sometimes stemming from the surrounding environment, particularly the local fauna. How is this possible? Reforestation areas should be viewed as cultivated land that can be beneficial if properly cared for and necessary measures are taken for their progress.

factors of poor care

Care issues arise in the area where reforestation will take place. With plants destined for this purpose facing periodic care during their growth. Which may encounter setbacks such as insect attacks, health issues caused by fungi and bacteria, hostile weather, and animal predation.

fauna

When discussing fauna, it encompasses the set of animals belonging to a regional geographical area. Coexisting in balance according to various factors present.

Changes in a fauna’s habitat often lead to its displacement in search of better shelter or food. A scenario common in deforested and subsequently reforested forests.

Over time, some animals may perceive newly planted seedlings as an easy food resource. Marking the area as their territory and causing damage to young plant stems and bark.

This issue can become unsustainable in many reforestation areas due to wildlife protection laws and regulations.

Animals like deer, rabbits, and roe deer are often problematic for reforestation fields. With rabbits being particularly troublesome due to their high numbers and reproductive capacity. Other types of animals can also pose problems depending on their habitat.

the best mesh option

Mesh fencing emerges as a preferred option when dealing with rabbits. It’s essential to note that these animals target tender young stems and bark, causing severe and often irreversible damage. Various methods, such as repellents, prove effective in deterring them.

However, the use of repellents or pesticides can be costly and may risk environmental contamination. Hunting or trapping is also employ, but wildlife hunting is prohibit in many areas.

type of fauna

Wooden fences are another option, although rabbits can dig under them or even jump over if not tall enough. Additionally, wooden fences deteriorate over time due to weather and rabbit gnawing.

Metal wire fences face similar challenges, being expensive, unattractive, and difficult to install or remove. Though more resistant to rabbit gnawing, they degrade with exposure to weather elements, necessitating replacement.

Plastic polypropylene mesh emerges as a popular choice for reforestation fields due to its durability and effectiveness. However, selecting the right mesh type and employing it correctly are crucial.

types of meshes used

The same thing will happen with metal fences, not to mention that they are expensive. Unsightly and often complicated to install and remove when the time comes. These are much more resistant to the gnawing of hares and rabbits. But not so much to moisture, rain and direct sunlight that they will receive. Degrading it and suffering the effects of rust, leading to remove and replace it with a new one.

The use of polypropylene plastic nets is one of the most used options when it comes to reforestation fields. Either to fence the area in question or to directly protect the plant and the bark. But, although there is a great variety of what is know in the market as anti-rabbit netting. It have be see that the right ones are not use and are use in the wrong way.

take care of your crop and the local fauna

When damage is found in the area to be reforested cause by the surrounding fauna, it must first be determined which of the possible causes is the real culprit, because if when damage is found in the stems, plants or bark it is assumed at first glance that it is a particular animal without knowing in depth what it really is, then protection measures will be used that will be infective against the real culprit.

As previously mention, a fence can fall down because of the holes that rabbits and hares make under the fence; this happens not because it was not dug deep enough to avoid the possible passage of these animals subway, but because it was assumed that it was another type of animal.

protection system

A basic technique against rabbit and hare attacks is that when digging, to install the method of protection against these animals, a fold should be left to make the animal in question think that the fence will not end. It must be remembered that this species of animal usually digs deep burrows so that, if it finds at a certain point that the fence in question ends, it will continue digging. On making the necessary fold when the rabbit reaches the bottom it will come up against a kind of “floor” which it will not be able to pass.

If previously it was assumed that an animal other than the rabbit or the hare is the cause of damage to the field to be reforested then other types of measures will be assumed which will not work against the real culprit as has just been seen with the folding at thirty or forty centimeters depth when installing a fence.

chicken wire protecting some plants
The netting provides ideal protection for plants from external threats so that they can grow properly.

general protections

Now, the above mentioned refers to the general protection of all the trees and plants within the given area. But that is not the only protection that exists for plants and trees. There is also what is know as individual protection, which is nothing more than providing the necessary protection to the tree or plant in question, but with a type of fence that will only protect a single individual.

With this type of protection it is necessary to be more careful when implementing them since, here, as in the case of general fencing with wire fences or wooden fences, if the exact animal causing the damage in question is not know, then the attack of the real culprit will be lethal and irreversible. It should also be include that, even if the cause of the damage is know, the individual protectors are choose for two factors

factors

the first has already been discussed and is the type of animal that attacks the tree. The second factor is the type of tree or plant to be care for. You can get with the case that you buy a mesh against rabbits or an inexpensive individual protector that protects against these animals, but the type of plant grows much faster and expands more than other species so the protector will only serve for a short season.

high light netting

The rabbit netting used as an individual tree guard is of the “total” guard type that serves to protect both the bark and the leaves of the tree. Rabbits and hares often damage the bark of trees by constantly gnawing at the base of the tree or the area chosen by these furry animals, causing the tree in question to dry out and die. Total protection also extends to covering the leaves and keeping them out of the reach of rabbits. One of the names by which rabbit and hare netting is commonly know is “high-light netting” or “high-light plastic netting”.

chickenmalla helping Reforestation
The individual protection of the trees will make them obtain a good growth and development.

The use of both types of protection is usually recommend to provide the maximum possible security because, if the general fencing fails, individual protection can provide another barrier of defense against wildlife attack. However, these protections (which are highly necessary) often have their drawbacks, especially in large areas.

For example, fences and wire fences over the whole area entail a periodical revision in search of points through which there has been some kind of access or damage. As well as the search for animals that may have passed through, but not come out. Individual protections, the cost can become really high if it is very large extensions. In addition to the fact that the same mesh against rabbits may cause risks of deformation or damage to the tree if it is not well place or is not periodically revise.

Careful with reforestation

In short, reforestation takes a careful process of protection in which several factors must be take into account, especially the wildlife factor, which is often a problem because of the protections and regulations that keep it protected, often tying the hands of those who try to stop the continuous advance of plantations of this kind.

The general protections (of the whole area to be reforest) are install according to the type of fauna of the place, implementing fences, fences or wire fences and individual protection according to certain group of animals such as rabbits and hares, for example.

chicken wire protecting a tree from external attacks
The nets protect trees and plants from attack by predators.

This article is a brief general idea to help you understand a little more about what to take into account if you have problems with wildlife in an area to be reforest such as, for example, rabbits, and what tools to use such as the well-known rabbit netting.

for example, rabbits, and what tools to use as the well-known mesh against rabbits.

Fill out the form below to let us know your questions or comments:

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