Main management operations

1 Organise volunteer workforce between October and February, to selectively remove some saplings of sycamore and turkey oak in order to favour the natural regeneration of English oak. Encroaching bramble and shrubs should be cut back from paths and glade areas annually.

2 Maintain current open water habitats by preventing any one plant from taking over the pond. Prevent encroaching willow and bramble from establishing on the edges to the marsh area.

3 All fallen logs should be left in situ to decay naturally except where they prohibit access/egress.

4 Maintain paths, steps, board-walk, pond dipping platform and boundary fencing around the site. Adoption of the National Route Evaluation and Classification System as a means to inform the less physically able of the status of paths and steps. Regularly inspect the site for potential hazards e.g. dangerous trees, fly tipping etc.

5 Design a nature trail and produce a trail leaflet. Look at ways of making the leaflet available, through local shops, the internet, or through a dispenser box. Produce an interpretation board for erection at the site entrance.

6 Facilitate school visits for site based teaching and pond dipping utilising the Dacres Wood building as a class room if needed. One weekend a month facilitate the use of the Dacres Wood building for use by a wildlife watch club. Schedule a programme of public open days to be run throughout the year where the public can learn more about the site.

7 Monitor effects of management on the various habitats (woodland, woodland edge/glade, pond and marsh area) and populations of notable species listed in Richard A. Jones invertebrate survey.

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    1. The reserve opens on the last Saturday of each month (April to October). All open days will be announced on this website and on the twitter account. We hope to see you soon.

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