Work has just finished on the improvement of the main path, which has been one of the aims of the Trust’s 5 year management plan.
Robert Dunford one of our volunteers pictured putting up new bird boxes this Spring.
During the summer of 2019 a survey of Badger Setts was carried out on the Meadow and surrounding woodland to investigate their extent and to provide information for any tree thinning management to be carried without disturbing the Badgers. In 1997 a report expressed misgivings about the effect that the woodland path and opening the area to the public would have on Badgers. This year’s survey shows those doubts to have been unfounded.
The 2019 Survey has recorded 348 holes, with 29 classified as active and 183 Partially Used. Consequently it can still be said, as it was in the 1997 report, that the woodland is “literally riddled with holes”. That survey did not count holes; this time GPS as well as traditional techniques have been used to do so. The area is particularly suitable for badgers, with its steep sloping sandy ground in the Woodland.
The proximity of the surrounding houses has isolated the ground and leads to the conclusion that the setts belong to a single social group of Badgers. These houses also provide a valuable food source.
During the survey foxes, deer and smaller mammals were also observed.
FOLLOWING THE SUCCESS OF THE STAINLESS STEEL SCULPTURE EXHIBIT ON THE LAWN AT MOUNTFIELD, THE ARTIST ISLA CHANEY HAS AGREED TO CONTINUE IT’S PRESENCE THERE, TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THIS AND HER OTHER WORK PLEASE VISIT HER WEBSITE AT www.islachaney.com .
After public consultation the 5 year management plan was produced, it is pictorially shown below , please beware the position of the Northern access is not accurate,but has been corrected on the Map page. In addition the plan included creation of a website and better publicity for 2018.This includes a leaflet and new interpretation boards.
While some items have not been achieved in November 2018, the Woodland Path was at last improved and it is hoped will be mud free again.