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Latest developments in the Park from our Ranger, Jennifer Davidson.
Car Park Extension
What's Going on In The Car Park?
48 More Parking Spaces
Construction is starting on extending the car park by 48 parking spaces (including 3 disabled spaces). This will be woodland parking located adjacent to and accessible from the existing car park. Details of the arrangement are shown in the plan below.
Prior to construction an number of birch trees will be felled and the root plates removed. Note on the plan that the landscaping will include a large number of new trees. None of the big established trees along the North Drive will be affected.
There will be a tarred roadway within the extension but the parking bays will be ground reinforcement with grass infill. Open areas at the rear of the site will be sown with wildflowers.
To facilitate this work and for public safety some of the parking spaces will be fenced off and unavailable. During felling the two pathways from the car park to the North Drive may also be closed for a period.
Ranger Report March 2016
1) Biological survey & monitoring
Squirrels – We had a clean bill of health on the last 10 samples sent off in September 2015 for squirrel pox virus testing. There are no samples being collected at present. Volunteers are managing and monitoring four dual feeder boxes to try and confirm if there are anything other than grey squirrels using them. This round will finish at the end of April 2016.
Butterflies – UKBMS transect survey training cannot be delivered by the Ranger Service this year due to lack of staff. Butterfly Conservation are taking on Fallin Bing and Wester Moss. Hopefully some of our experienced survey volunteers can continue this in the Country Park. Survey starts on 1st April.
Orchids – The meadows were not cut at all this October due to being at a point in the cycle where they do not require cutting in order to follow the regime informed by the previous 6 years of zone management. The ultimate aim is to get sheep on to graze for a few months in the winter, but this will need considered preparation before going ahead. It would be a cheaper, and more environmentally friendly method of managing these meadows.
Ranger Newsletter March 2012
The maintenance team unblocked the pond to reveal the boardwalk that had been submerged after contractors dug ponds out.
Four new picnic benches have been installed – we will be replacing all of them eventually, as and when income can be identified for them.
The team are also chipping (literally!) away at the aftermath of all the tree falls, but this will take some time.
The grazing field fence on the opposite side of Cadger’s Loan was fixed when fencing contractor added stock fence for the orchard.