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Spring Programme 2017

 

 

Arboretum day is on the first Thursday of the month

There are some other Thursday dates included

Tuesday

7 Feb 17

 

Edgehills GWT Nature Reserve

The 'Wilderness' road sign is one of a kind and on the A4136 at the highest point between Cinderford and Mitcheldean. Drive as high as you can on this road (A4136) and within 100m will be the 'Wilderness' sign, take the unnamed forest track opposite. Continue along forest track for approx.. 1 mile to Forest gate and Edgehills nature reserve.

Heathland restoration - cut and treat birch, cut and leave larch, dig up/ pull up part buried old fence that is hazard to grazing animals. Bonfire dependant on weather (not dry!)

SO662158

Tuesday

14 Feb 17

 

Reddings Enclosure, Highmeadow Woods

Directions- Take A4136 through Staunton towards Monmouth. Just after Staunton pull in to the parking area by the metal barrier on the right at SO 5411 1249. Worksites are along drive through the woods so meet by the main road and drive in together.

A joint day with the wild plant charity, Plantlife, working to maintain a woodland plant trial site at SO5369 1402.

Also scrub clearing by the Suckstone at SO5418 1406.

Worksites

SO53691402

and SO54181406

Thursday

16 Feb 17

 

May Hill - National Trust

Head towards the Yew Tree Inn (Clifford's Mesne, Newent, GL18 1JS). When you reach the Inn (it should be on your right), continue to follow the lane up towards the hill. Pass over a cattle grid and continue to follow the lane until you reach a gravelled car park on the right. There should be a metal gate opposite.

Mobile on day- Laura-07879 604300

AND

Cannop Bridge Marsh – Coppice Dam

Meet: Kev at roadside entrance to FC Cannop Ponds.

Location: Speech House road just west of Beechunhurst.

Contact if needed: Kev 07900 050115

 

Work will generally involve removing young birch scrub on the common, burning brash from felling works in the wood pasture area, or cutting gorse on the top of May Hill.

 

 

Coppicing of alder growing out from dam sides of path crossing Cannop bridge Marsh.

 

 

 

SO690221

 

 

 

 

S0669115

 

 

 

Tuesday

21 Feb 17

 

Edgehills GWT Nature Reserve

The 'Wilderness' road sign is one of a kind and on the A4136 at the highest point between Cinderford and Mitcheldean. Drive as high as you can on this road (A4136) and within 100m will be the 'Wilderness' sign, take the unnamed forest track opposite. Continue along forest track for approx.. 1 mile to Forest gate and Edgehills nature reserve.

Heathland restoration - cut and treat birch, cut and leave larch, dig up/ pull up part buried old fence that is hazard to grazing animals. Bonfire dependant on weather (not dry!)

SO662158

Tuesday

28 Feb 17

 

Gorsty/Milkwall

Meet in the Darkhill Iron Works car park off the Sling – Fetter Hill road

Working mainly on the Ellwood side

Coppicing and scrub clearance for butterflies and reptiles

SO588087

Thursday

2 Mar 17

 

Stenders Quarry

MEET: on 'the Stenders' road which heads west out of Mitcheldean passing its church. Reserve entrance is just as speed limit becomes national. Call Kev for any assistance 07900 050115

Warning, difficult ground/steep slopes.

Not an easy site to work but one which needs some of us to help cut, treat and burn the scrubby trees (most will require chainsaw). We have made fantastic progress in earlier years but recently this reserve has gone without the graft it requires due to our focus on heaths. Stumps will be treated ASAP and the more we can rake up and burn the better the limestone grassland will be that follows. This is the home ground to our sheep which have ventured further and further afield. Suitable for 6-10 persons as space limited and tree felling.

 

SO659183

Tuesday

7 Mar 17

 

Staple Edge

From Cinderford take the Speech House road and almost opposite the Linear Park car park (Cinderford Bridge) turn left into a small parking area.Go through the metal five barred gate and follow the main forest track (do not turn off it).Continue on the forest road for nearly one mile,Go past the Staple- edge bungalows to the next junction just before the pond and park.

Clearing regenerating conifer to create open space for a range of species.

ALSO

Clearing nasty parrots feather and fallen oak from pond- bring waders if you have any!

Enter forest at metal gate at SO649126

SO649100 Parking SO647099 Worksite

Thursday

9 Mar 17

 

Arboretum

Date change from 2nd March to 9th March

SO624118

Tuesday

14 Mar 17

 

Lightmoor Colliery Tip and Pond

From Cinderford take the Speech House road and turn into the entrance to Lightmoor/Forest Products Sawmills at SO64571257. Go through gate at 64281222 and park at 64431199

Clearing regenerating conifer to create open space for a range of species.

Clearing scrub from the disused tip.

This was once a good butterfly site. Also clearing around the pond.

Leave main road at SO64571257.

Go through gate at 64281222 Park at 64431199

Worksite SO64501191

Tuesday

21 Mar 17

 

Lightmoor Colliery Tip and Pond

From Cinderford take the Speech House road and turn into the entrance to Lightmoor/Forest Products Sawmills at SO64571257. Go through gate at 64281222 and park at 64431199

Clearing regenerating conifer to create open space for a range of species.

Clearing scrub from the disused tip.

This was once a good butterfly site. Also clearing around the pond.

Leave main road at SO64571257.

Go through gate at 64281222 Park at 64431199

Worksite SO64501191

Tuesday

28 Mar 17

 

Ruardean Woodside Fungi site

By the Swan Inn at Brierley on the A4136 take the turning for Ruardean Woodside. Park by the barrier on the right hand side at SO62981594.(Overflow parking up around the corner in layby at SO62981622)

Clearing regenerating small conifer from this fantastic fungi site

Park SO62981594

Worksite

SO 62911612

Tuesday

4 Apr 17

 

Staple Edge

From Cinderford take the Speech House road and almost opposite the Linear Park car park (Cinderford Bridge) turn left into a small parking area.Go through the metal five barred gate and follow the main forest track (do not turn off it).Continue on the forest road for nearly one mile,Go past the Staple- edge bungalows to the next junction just before the pond and park.

Clearing regenerating conifer to create open space for a range of species.

 

Enter forest at metal gate at SO649126

SO649100 Parking SO647099 Worksite

Tuesday

11 Apr 17

 

Hadnock. near the Biblins Bridge along River Wye

Enter the woods at the Marians Wood (SO570125). Follow the MAIN forest ride down to the river (over a mile). On the OS map you pass through Ellis Redding Wood and Coalpit Hill. When you get to the River Wye, turn left and follow this forest road for another mile or so, going past the Biblins footbridge. Go as far as you can go and park at the end. You are at the work site in Wales then.

Building a deer fence around new coppice

SO537154

Thursday

6 Apr 17

 

Arboretum

Path maintenance

SO624118

Thursday

20 Apr 17

 

Lightmoor Colliery Tip and Pond

From Cinderford take the Speech House road and turn into the entrance to Lightmoor/Forest Products Sawmills at SO64571257. Go through gate at 64281222 and park at 64431199

Burning and tidying up all the previous cuttings so NO new cuttings as the birds could be nesting

Leave main road at SO64571257.

Go through gate at 64281222 Park at 64431199

Worksite SO64501191

 

 

Easter Break until wildlife surveys start on Tuesday 23rd May

 

 

All tasks are led by FC Ranger or GWT Ranger staff, start at 9.45 am and finish around 3pm

 

 

 

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