We will be strimming some of these grasslands to improve the site for these flowering species, reducing competition by the ranker more competitive grasses and encroachment by brambles and scrub. We’ll also be carrying on with a programme to reinstate Hazel coppicing to help extend the life of the Hazel stools found throughout the site and again increase the light reaching the woodland floor to allow some of the plants mentioned above to flourish. Likewise we will be taking out other non-native and very competitive species such as Rhododendron and Snowberry.
This complements a joint project between Natural England and the East Yorkshire Ringing Group a couple of miles away in Raincliffe Woods where a further 200 birds have been caught and ringed this winter. Highlights this winter have included 6 Nuthatch, 7 Marsh Tit (a species which is still doing well here despite national declines), 3 Great Spotted Woodpeckers and 5 Brambling amongst the usual common tits and finches – largely Chaffinch. This is producing a good sample of woodland birds which are of conservation concern at the moment.