Ongoing and sensitive conservation of ancient woodland
Posted: 13th October 2014
RSPB Highnam Woods Reserve, Gloucester, GL2 5FR
To hear the distinctive notes of the robust little Nightingale, watch the fly-catching antics of the Spotted Flycatcher or glimpse the rare Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Highnam Wood Reserve is well worth a visit.
Situated on the outskirts of Gloucester, being part of the Severn Vale, Highnam Woods is an area of the largest remaining block of ancient deciduous woodland. The RSPB which manages the site has created a mosaic of habitat to increase biodiversity and benefit a wide range of species by sustaining a much needed habitat.
By enhancing the biodiversity of Highnam Woods, visitors can experience the opportunity to enjoy the many wildlife spectacles of woodland butterflies and sometimes the Barbestrelle bats, along the 2km nature trail. It has also created volunteer opportunities for the local community.
In order to support the ecological values of the reserve, the focus has been on coppicing 4.4 hectares of neglected areas over two years, the removal of non-native Sycamore trees and opening up the ride network within the wood to improve biodiversity.
The funds provided by The Gloucestershire Environmental Trust of £19,070 have allowed the ongoing and sensitive conservation of this lovely remnant of ancient woodland.