We will be carrying out some minor wetland repair work to previous restoration sites this summer and new restoration work at one new site.
Work will take up to two weeks at each site which will remain open throughout, so you’ll still be able to use the Forest for walking or riding. However, there may be some temporary interruption to footpaths while work is taking place.
Where are we doing it?
- Amberslade (see map) – repair erosion nick point and bed level raise eroded stretch of channel
- North Slufters (see map) – bed level raise eroded stretches of channel
- Shirley Holms (see map) – repair minor nick points, cut off exposed stakes and repair erosion on mire close to road
- Picket Bottom Mire (see map) – new restoration work to infill deep eroding nick point and bed level raise channel along enclosure edge
- Deadman Bottom (see map) – repair erosion nick points
- Claypits Bottom (see map) – repair erosion around lower ford crossing
- Cowleys Heath East (see map) – repair minor nick points above top ford crossing, cut off exposed stakes, and bed level raise short stretch of eroded channel
- The Noads Mire (see map) – cut off exposed stakes in mire, bed level raise channel and bed level raise eroded channel above ford
- Long Beech (see map) – repair erosion nick points
Why are we doing it?
The main objective of the restoration is to keep the New Forest’s designated Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) in favourable condition, and keeping it resilient so that wildlife and habitats thrive.
The timing of this work is critical – it has to be carried out during the summer months, when the water levels are at their lowest, and the ground is at its driest.
A special place
As well as being a SSSI, the New Forest is a Special Area of Conservation (SAC), Special Protection Area for Birds (SPA) and also a Ramsar site (a wetland of international importance). It’s important we do these restoration works to keep these habitats special.
Thank you for your support
We’d like to thank all the local residents and businesses that have worked with us, supported this project and helped us to safeguard these habitats for future generations.
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