Any area where the coppice is cleared is quickly colonized by brambles. Wild blackberry (Rubus fruticosus) shoots spring up into the light. The shoots set flower in their second year so we only find flowers (and eventually fruit) in brighter areas such as the old beech that fell before we arrived in the wood.
Blackberries are popular with insects, birds, mice, squirrels and badgers and we are keen to enrich the shrub layer. However, we do have to chop them back or dig them up on our paths as they soon form an impenetrable thorny tangle.