Conservation Day December 2011

Redhill Common: north slope at the pond site. 30 students cleared scrub and trees from the north side of the pond.  A significant area was cleared and they all worked hard and with enthusiasm.  Small branches were burned and log piled up for collection. This task follows on from previous visits to open out this area and reinstate a grassland surrounding the pond which itself is planned for restoration in the future.  Clearance of trees and scrub might at first appear destructive but it increases habitat diversity for various plants and animals along the forest edges created.  Edge habitats are often more productive and the grassland will encourage new birds, insects and small mammmals, as well as bats.  The glade will also provide a more attractive environment for people walking through the woods.