On the Ground in October 2017

November 2, 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 September 2017.

  • Completed ten days work at Binswood, managing the site’s rides with the Woodland Trust.
  • Began enhancement work on Petersfield’s greenspaces in partnership with Petersfield Town Council.
  • Started winter scrub management across many heathland sites.
  • Started clearing hedges either side of an old drove road in Fernhurst, new hedges will be laid in traditional style and the old drove road opened up.
  • Removed floating pennywort at Frogs Farm with the Leconfield Estate.
  • Led 16 people on a Heartsmart walk at Bignor and 45 people at Slindon.
  • Coppiced woodland at Church Copse; and coppiced blackthorn at Pheasant’s Field for the brown hairstreak butterfly.
  • Installed new gates on open access land at Lychpole hill, Sompting; at Mount Caburn; on Ambersham Common; and a new stile at Pepperscombe.
  • Completed autumn Catchment Invertebrate Fingerprinting on the River Meon with Wessex Chalk Streams Trust and Portsmouth Services Fly-fishing Association.
  • Began new season of scrub clearance at Long Furlong to open up chalk grassland habitat and cleared scrub from: Medley Bottom and Stoke Bottom SSSI; SSSI chalk grassland at Willingdon down and Anchor Bottom; and Local Wildlife Site at Mile Oak Farm.
  • Cleared scrub to protect an ancient field system Scheduled Monument at Cloth Farm and cleared a permissive path of vegetation at Rodmell.
  • Put up electric fencing to allow grazing on Mill Hill Local Nature Reserve.
  • Carried out meadow management to enhance biodiversity on Lewes Golf Course.
  • Began installing interpretation panels at Tide Mills, funded by a successful application to ESCC Mitigation fund in Partnership with Sussex Past Archaeologist Luke Barber.
  • Advised Ovingdean Friends of St Wulfran’s Church on creating wildflower meadow.
  • Worked with Lewes District Council to plan and agree new management and planting scheme to improve condition of Lewes Cemetery Local Wildlife Site.