W
ork Plan – Nore Barn Wood south

Aims

Nore Barn Woods are part of the Chichester Harbour Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and the southern edge and marsh is a SINC (Site of Importance for Nature Conservation).

The aims of work in the wood are:

         To maintain and improve the woods, retaining the general character

         To improve wildlife

         To ensure the long term survival of the woods so that future generations can enjoy

What are the threats to the woods?

The hawthorn trees are over-mature, so they are toppling early and leaving bare areas which are difficult to repopulate. They are also too tall, so light does not reach the forest floor.

Holly is spreading, crowding out more desirable plants.

The age range of oaks is very limited, all being about 60 years old. This is not good for continuous tree cover in the future.

There is full public access to the wood which causes trampling of undergrowth and dogs chasing wildlife. There is also occasional vandalism.

The sea is eroding some of the southern perimeter of the wood.

 

How will the aims be achieved and the threats minimised?

To improve wildlife a variety of habitats will be created and maintained. These are:

         Dead fallen timber – timber piles are good for insect life

         Standing dead timber – dead trees support bird and bat life

         Central ride – the edges of the open area are excellent for flowers

         Glades – also good for flowers and butterflies

         Bramble – home to birds

         Hedge – good for bird life and to act as a corridor for all wildlife

The amount of light within the wood will be increased by coppicing or pollarding selected trees, and allowing them to regrow. Invasive and non-native plants will be controlled.

All work will be carried out following accepted conservation practices.

To define this conservation work a 3 year plan (currently 2012-2014) has been agreed with Havant Borough Council (HBC), based on a Silvicultural Plan from professional forestry consultants. To monitor progress HBC visits yearly. If you wish to have further information, or to comment upon the work plan, please contact the Secretary.

 

What conservation work will be done over the 3 year period?

Area

Feature

Purpose

Action

1,2

Grass area / centre ride

Treat as a summer flowering meadow.

Cut grass and collect (not the marsh area) once a year in September

3

Wayfarers Walk verges

To control nettles and encourage flowers.

Cut/rake nettles and plants to the ground on both sides of the path in September

3

Hedge

To maintain hedge on the Wayfarers Walk,

Flail hedge in January, after berries have been eaten.

 

Paths

To maintain public access

Rake leaves in December

4

Glades

 

To maintain a sheltered sunny area, to encourage butterflies and birds.

Cut to remove woody growth and rake off

 

Oaks

To improve age range of oaks

Pollard or ecoplug several

 

Holly

To prevent dominance.  One of few shrubs to grow in shade

Remove where other things will grow

 

Ash

Native. High conservation value. Can spread

Encourage in the western end of the wood, prevent from spreading East

 

Bay

Non-native, invasive. Harbours “sudden oak death” disease

Fell several

 

Dead wood

Excellent habitat for insects

Create hidden log piles

5

Over-mature hawthorns

To allow spindly trees to regenerate before they topple, making  replacement impossible in the large gaps created

Coppice several each year, in small areas and allow to regrow

6

Bramble

To provide habitats for birds, but prevent invasion

Maintain specific areas of bramble, but prevent spread

7

Wilderness area

To provide a people-free habitat for wildlife

Leave untouched

8

Sea wall

To prevent erosion and conserve the shoreline

Consider bank protection

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q Nettles are good for butterflies – why are they being removed?

A Nettles in the sunshine are good for butterflies, but can block paths and prevent other plants from growing. A balance is kept by controlling some nettles, particularly beside paths.

 

Q Ivy kills trees – why isn’t it being removed?

A Ivy doesn’t kill trees, it only invades dying trees. Ivy is good for bats and birds.  We deal with dying trees by coppicing the tree to promote regrowth.

Q I like holly – why is it being removed?

A Holly is good in moderation, being one of the few shrubs to grow in shade. But it is spreading vigorously. Some of the holly is being removed to keep it under control.

 

Q I’ve heard that ragwort kills horses.

A Ragwort is an important plant for wildlife that supports over 100 insects. It only needs to be controlled within 100m of grazing horses, so in Nore Barn Woods it is encouraged.

 

 

3) Work Plan by Area:

 


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