You’ll undoubtedly know, from reading this blog, that I walk over the local heathland for fun and exercise. You’ll also know that I, on occasion, bemoan of its maintenance, probably because I neither know of the maintenance plan or have any understanding of the management priorities. Perhaps I’m being a bit hard on myself here.
The areas that I mostly walk are Folly Bog in Lightwater and Brentmoor Heath in West End. They are owned variously by Surrey Heath Borough Council, Surrey County Council or by the Ministry of Defence, and the management of this land is provided by Surrey Wildlife Trust. The area of these lands is shown within the area marked black in the map below
On my recent walks I’ve seen the results of maintenance work. Yesterday I encountered some contractors working for Surrey Wildlife Trust removing invasive species from Folly Bog. I, naturally, thanked them for their good work. However, I failed to ask them about their work plan, because I’m too much of a chatty soul. I even walked down into Folly Bog yesterday, it’s very wet and boggy – what did I expect!
On Hangmoor Hill there has been some substantial scrub clearance, alongside the fence to the military land and on Hangmoor Hill itself, which is good, as it’s another route down into the bog. All fine and dandy.
Yet, and it’s an important yet, the trackside ditches on Hangmoor Hill, where the wild orchids flower, remain uncleared, with the scrub taking over and crowding out the space for the orchids. Also, the scrub remains covering the four bronze-age bowl barrows in Brentmoor Heath, making identification of their existence near impossible.
So, I’m resolved to speak to Surrey Wildlife Trust to ask for sight of their Heathland Maintenance Plan. Here are some photos of the recent work done to the area.