Last call for moorland study trip!

The Exmoor Moorland Landscape Partnership has supported several meetings, demonstrations and workshops on Exmoor – now it’s time to go and see some other places! The visit next week provides examples to compare and contrast with our local situations. We will talk to the managers / farmers / rangers about their moorland management practices, experiences, the issues they deal with, and how they go about getting things done.

Surrey Heaths and the Ashdown Forest (2 days)

Wednesday 17th July, @ 9am from Exmoor House in Dulverton and will return Thursday 18th July around 6pm

After a picnic lunch James Herd, ranger for the Surrey Wildlife Trust Grazing Team, will take us on a tour of heathland sites. The heathland habitats have undergone change due to alteration of practices, grants and so on. Topics will include the Red Deer herds, grazing strategies, scrub management, fire management, partnership work and liaison (landowners, MOD training activity, etc.).

Following a good night’s sleep, we will arrive at the Ashdown Forest – originally a deer hunting forest in Norman times, now one of the largest free public access spaces in the South East. Chris Marrable, the Conservation Officer, will share his wealth of experience. Topics include: grazing, fire management and extensive networks of firebreaks; springtime swaling with consideration of birds such as Woodlark, woodland/heathland boundaries – how the forest is maintaining the status quo of 40%:60% respectively; concerns about nitrogen deposition on the SPA/SAC because of Habitat Regulations and the local development plan, working with 730 Commoners, intense visitor impact and the social and cultural disconnection from farming. Return travel to Exmoor after lunch.

Costs: For moorland managers from Exmoor, the Moorland Partnership will cover the costs of travel and accommodation; however food will not be provided. The support is thanks to our funders.

Reserve your place on the minibus! If you are interested in any of these exciting and informative trips please contact me by email jpball@exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk

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The Exmoor Moorland Landscape Partnership Scheme is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and our local partners and funders. Part financed by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development 2007-2013: Europe investing in rural areas.

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Helping people to enjoy and appreciate Exmoor National Park's moorland, and supporting those who take care of it.
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