Last year I cleared out a section of woodland that was over grown with Hawthorn. There was no ground cover due to the thick tree canopy which meant the Roe kept to the other end of the wood where there was more cover.
After removing the Hawthorn I'm now left with some Ash and Hazel and a lot of bare woodland flooring. This end of the wood is used as an additional pheasant drive if other drives during a shoot fail. We have a small number of pheasant feeds dotted around which I know the Roe will be attracted to.
I'm aware that Roe have already started venturing into this part of the wood since the Hawthorn were felled and I'm happy for them to do this as they help keep the larder full. I would like to plant some native plants and flowers but don't want to plant something that Roe will hammer. I don't mind that munching on the odd plant but there is no point planting flowers if they will eat the lot.
I was thinking of Bluebells and Wild Garlic. I know that Muntjac will hit Bluebells hard but I don't know what Roe are like with them. Am I wasting my time with considering Bluebells and/or Wild Garlic?