In woods, plantations and ornamental coverts much damage to trees and shrubs during hard frost and drifted snow may be avoided by placing freshly cut branches of ash, crab, poplar, thorn-acacia, etc., on the ground or snow, and in the case of a young plantation leading away from the burrows in opposite direction, thinly close by the warren and leading up to the main point in closer order, forming a sort of branches-plantation at the desired rendezvous. A few swedes strewed from time to time through the improvised covert, along with a little hay and such dainties as bran, crushed oats and cake, render assurance doubly sure, not forgetting to replenish the tree loppings now and again, utilising saplings unlikely to become profitable.