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Second Phase of Heathland Regeneration at Foxcovert

Tuesday 21st October

Second Phase of Heathland Regeneration at Foxcovert

The Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust is about to begin the second stage of a Biffa Award funded restoration project at Foxcovert Nature Reserve. The Trust will be restoring an area of Heathland as part of a wider plan to reconnect, restore and recreate the historic Sherwood Forest.

Foxcovert Nature Reserve is a nature reserve near Calverton in Nottinghamshire, made up of areas of secondary woodland and developing heathland. Species found at the site indicate that the secondary woodland was planted on what would have been the most southerly remnant of ancient Sherwood Forest; historically, Sherwood Forest would have been made up of large areas of heathland as well as woodland.

Heathlands are a semi-natural habitat, many created in prehistoric times through clearance of primary woodland. Most heathlands were used for rough grazing, while heather, gorse, bracken and scrub were all traditionally harvested for fuel, fodder, bedding and thatching. In Nottinghamshire, 90% of heathland habitat has been lost since 1900 (Nottinghamshire Heathland Strategy, 2003), with the majority of the loss through clearance for agriculture and planting of conifers. At its lowest point in the late 1980s, only 250 ha of heathland remained in Nottinghamshire. Heathlands are hugely important for some of the UK’s rarest plants and animals, with Nottinghamshire heathlands providing habitat for nationally rare birds such as nightjar and woodlark, as well as many specialised insects and spiders.     

“We’re really excited about this project – it’s a fantastic chance to return this area of our reserve back to the heathland it once was and in doing so acknowledge part of the county’s cultural past and create rare habitat for wildlife” – Erin McDaid, Head of Communications, Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust.

The second phase, supported by volunteer work parties will see heather brash cut from Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust’s existing heathland reserves and spread over newly created areas of the Foxcovert the same day.

The Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust recently launched their ‘Champions of Sherwood’ campaign with the ambitious target of raising £1million to help care for and restore areas of heathland, grassland and woodland in the Sherwood Forest landscape.


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