SRC Willow

By   September 5, 2013

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It’s obvious that planting short rotational coppiced (SRC) willow in place of conventional agricultural crops increases farm diversification, but you may not have considered that biofuel plantations also provide an interesting alternative landscape and habitat type for many species of wildlife. In particular, willow provides an excellent early source of nectar and pollen for a wide range of bee species from February to May.

Some of Dr. Alison Haughton’s current work at Rothamsted Research, where she leads the Pollinator Ecology Group, involves evaluating the potential benefits of planting more biomass crops, like (SRC) willow, in the agricultural landscape. Come and hear her latest findings about how this new crop could benefit bees and learn how willow compares with the quality of forage currently provided by other commercial crops, like oilseed rape, at this year’s Essex conference.