Current Conservation Projects

Each year the Ranger Service will try to tackle some of the larger areas of conservation concern on the nature reserves. What these projects are will frequently depend on us being able to attract help from partners and/or through the acquisition of grant funding, hence the below list represents our aspirations for the coming season.

More information on Heathland Restoration Works across the district.




 Progress Update

Arboricultural inspection and tree works.


November 2016/17

Arboricultural inspection underway on all our land holdings which will result in a tree safety programme of works over the next 3 months to make safe any trees requiring attention.

Tree/scrub clearance at Burlish Top Complete Winter 2015

Contractors will be working on an area of Burlish Top Local Nature Reserve to remove some trees and scrub as part of the Heathland Restoration Project.

View map of area to be worked on.

Heather patch weeding Ongoing Early 2016/17 Extensive weeding of heather patches across Rifle Range SSSI to take place.

Marshland restoration work at Puxton Marsh SSSI


Winter 2015

Willow pollards are due to be re-pollarded to maintain the old specimens. Young willow need to be removed from the reed beds and open marshland, some trees that have fallen into the river Stour need removal. Much of the fencing is also in need of attention.

View map and site notice

Restore Stourvale SSSI


Carried out late 2014

Works involved the removal mainly of Willows from with the marshland, creating open habitat where the marshland flora can flourish. Some mature Alder were cut and allowed to grow as a coppice to create diversity.

Renovate Habberley Valley car park

No funding available.

Works to refurbish track funded and awaiting implementation


Some works have been done, but this is an ongoing project. Some of the damage is caused by the water that runs through the valley during high rain fall. A drainage area has been created which resulted in a small pool, this was seen to attract 5 species of Dragonfly.

Recreation of heath at Vicarage Farm Heath

Contract to complete felling works awarded.

View plan of works

Major works complete.

 These areas will require fairly intensive management for the next few years to keep invasive species such as bramble and bracken at bay until the grassland/heath establishes.

Work to maintain the good quality heath will be an ongoing project and is largely being undertaken by community groups.

Cattle have already been grazed on the site and will return as part of the Grazing Animals Project.

Recently completed projects

Creation of sensory trail at Hurcott pools and woods


Work carried out for the Wyre forest Leisure group by students from Kidderminster college.

The idea of the trail was to create an area that was defined for people to visit and enjoy, knowing they had in some way been part of creating it. The trail was designed and created by Kidderminster college land based diploma level 2 students. Funding and some of the work was done by Wyre Forest leisure project members, all have contributed to the project. The Emily Jordan foundation where involved in creating and sitting the bench.
The Wyre Forest leisure project provides activities for adults with learning disabilities. The nature trail was created to provide a quiet place for members to visit. Over the years to come, it will be possible for members to purchase a natural art sculpture in the name of someone who may wish to be remembered.

Recreate wetland at Spennells football pitch


View plan of the works

November 2013

Wetland area created successfully finished with the creation of 3 pools, linked to the brook, to encourage fish spawning. Kingfisher and heron have been seen regularly. Extra work is being done to improve the existing areas of wetland.

Cattle have been grazed on Spennells and will return summer 2016 as part of the Grazing Animals Project.

Renovation of ammo shelter - Rifle Range

Works completed.

Works in March 2014

Works completed and the shelter was open to the public during a WW1 commemorative event.

Invertebrate study of heaths

Surveys completed on beetles, breeding bird, moths, bees and wasps.

Management plans now in place informed by the studies received.


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