On the Ground in November 2017

December 6, 2017

Don’t forget to say hello if you spot our rangers and volunteers out working in the National Park. Here’s a taste of what they achieved in November 2017.

  • Completed habitat management work in the River Meon at East Meon with the Wild Trout Trust, including managing vegetation planted during previous river restoration work.
  • Updated the Selborne Landscape Partnership group on monitoring records of the group’s key target species and finalised harvest mouse surveys for this winter within the area.
  • Organised brushcutter training for volunteers ahead of this winter’s scrub management work.
  • Carried out six days volunteering at an important chalk grassland site near Winchester, clearing dogwood, blackthorn, hawthorn and bramble.
  • Planted hazel at a local coppiced woodland which is managed for the benefit of wildlife.
  • Helped to clear heathland at RSPB Pulborough Brooks as part of restoration work and in preparation for the reintroduction of the field cricket.
  • Held a coppicing training week at Clapham Wood.
  • Led Heartsmart walks at Slindon, Duncton and Petworth.
  • Repaired barn owl boxes and installed new ones – and found evidence that boxes put up last spring have been used over summer and are active as roosts going into winter.
  • Made changes to gates to improve accessibility at Graffham.
  • Resurfacing work on the 100m of the South Downs Way at Amberley and a trackway at Swanborne Lake to improve access for everyone.
  • Surveyed 100 dormouse boxes for the National Dormouse Monitoring Programme
  • Carried out habitat management at Kingley Vale.
  • Installed nine new interpretation panels at Tide Mills.