This scheme aims to increase the resilience of existing priority habitats on the Quantock Hills. The long term aim will be to creating new heathland and oak woodlands which join the existing areas of habitat together.
The scheme is working both in partnership with private and public landowners and will run over the next 5 years and has been funded through a Sc106 / DCO agreement associated with Hinkley Point C new nuclear build.
The first project under this scheme was the reversion of 9Ha of land at St Audries from conifer to heathland in partnership with the Forestry Commission. IThe project involved the removal of the conifers and then the clearance of the stumps and branches from the site. As can be seen from the accompanying pictures this was not an easy job and involved huge machinery. This left the earth bare ready for heathland plants to colonise. Surprisingly to everyone within just four months there was a good cover of colonizer species such as birdsfoot trefoil and climbing corydalis with heather and gorse seedlings starting to show. It will be exciting to see how the habitat develops over the coming years; we will keep you posted about the next part of this project as plans develop.
Georgie Grant - April 2017