Date(s) - 17/09/2019
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
WARNHAM LOCAL NATURE RESERVE
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Tuesday – Continuing with digging and this year’s coppicing rotation in the Willow Carr (wet, boggy, squidgy woodland to you and me).
The purpose of the pond and ditch digging is to encourage this area to stay wet even in the middle of hot summers, the re-wetting will encourage many wetland loving plants that are becoming rare across the country and aid in flash flood prevention – known as “natural flood management”.
The Willow coppicing is to keep some areas of the wet woodland in a younger state, promoting fresh growth that benefits many invertebrates and allows light to hit the floor in areas that have been in shade for a few years. We carry it out on a cycle to replicate as best we can the bullish actions of herds of long extinct animals we once had moving through this landscape – such as Woolly Mammoth and the wild Aurochs cattle.
**Wellies recommended** bring them with you at least!
If you drive, please park in the overflow car park, as close together as possible. The car park has been getting very busy on nice days. This is the first task!
Meeting point: Warnham Local Nature Reserve, Warnham Road, RH12 2RA