Field Archery and The Countryside

What is our responsibility to the woodlands we use ?

One of the most common questions we get asked about Field Archery is how we use the countryside

Archery by its very nature is one of the less intrusive sports that can be in our countryside

Archery is a very quiet sport, no loud bangs, screams, or other non natural noises happen,  archers tend to be quieter than most sportsmen, they do like to concentrate on their archery, so they usually respect the peace when others are shooting     (apart from the cheer when they shoot a really good arrow and it hits exactly where aimed)

Importantly we like to keep our targets in settings that are looking as natural as possible, so we don’t want to harm in any way the very reason we are there

We use most;y existing paths between targets, and where the area is totally overgrown we sympathetically remove dead undergrowth and trim sensibly.  Clearing some areas actually stimulates growth and we end up with more plants than we started with, but we keep it managed well

Trees

When you look through this website, you cannot miss the fact that a huge amount of the pictures include trees at some point ( a lot of trees)

As field archers we do love a nice woodland, forest, or even a copse,  they provide us with some amazing locations for our field archery courses and practice grounds and we do think that they look even better with a target set nicely next to them

To keep a woodlands healthy sometimes isn’t an easy task, fallen trees, dead trees, trees hit by storms and lightning all need removing without damaging other trees and undergrowth

In some areas in any woodlands you can find trees and bushes where it can seem that all of the trees are in a bad way, this is usually caused by overpopulation of trees in a small area, sympathetic harvesting of some trees, will result in the remaining trees having enough chance at water, soil nutrients and sunshine that they need to flourish

Wildlife

Every part of the countryside is home to some wildlife,  the first thoughts are deer, foxes, badgers, rabbits etc.

We want to exist with all of the animals and birds that inhabit the woodlands that we use for our sport

We avoid intruding into known areas where they rest, breed or feed

We make sure that we do not do anything, nor leave anything in our woodlands that can injure, poison or scare the wildlife away

When we are "up the woods"

Members of Toad Hollow including "Chippy Toad", "Builder Toad" & "Targetman Toad" Building our new composting loos

A favourite saying in any field archers vocabulary is “I am just going up the woods,  won’t be long”

What this actually means is see you sometime

For a field archer there is no better place than in a woodland, surrounded by peace and beauty and shooting their bow, it doesn’t matter if it is a boiling summers day, if there is snow on the ground,  or rain seems to be coming down as if it was trying to pour all of the worlds supply of rain on the archer in 10 minutes

But we do need some comfort, so we have built composting loos, added our refurbished and newly repainted (in a nice shade of green) container that is full of archery targets and all the equipment that an archery club seems to acquire, and somewhere to make a nice hot cup of tea or coffee and just sit and relax