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Cherry Orchard, Diglis

This area has potential for higher wildlife value, but this could be difficult to promote under the current levels of use on the site. It may be possible to create exclosures by fencing off part of this area; if notices are put up explaining why the fences are there, this may or may not reduce interference. If it is decided that creating exclosures will not work on the site, it may be best just to
accept that this area will not be able to meet its wildlife potential.

River bank area

The existing habitat above the river-bank provides conditions different to any others in the Cherry Orchard site, to the benefit of certain species. However, a community of native plants which native invertebrates have evolved alongside is preferable, as many invertebrates are dependent on specific plants, which are inevitably native – many of the species found in this area during the survey are predatory, detritus-feeders or highly mobile and therefore not very habitat-specific. Control of Himalayan balsam and promotion of a community of native plant species would be more conducive to diverse invertebrate community. This applies equally to the dense stands of Himalayan balsam near the sandy area.

Potential habitat creation

Creation of additional habitats on the site may attract other species of wildlife. A permanent pond would provide resources for a variety of invertebrates as well as amphibians. The seasonal pond to the west of Duck Brook may be a suitable site. This would require cutting feeder channels from the
Duck Brook to the pond. The Environment Agency would have to be consulted prior to the initiation of any work affecting the Duck Brook. Clearing the canopy over the pond and controlling the dense nettle growth would encourage the establishment of water margin plants, providing a nectar source and shelter for various animals.

Education and interpretation

The location of the site, in close proximity to a number of schools as well as adjacent to housing, lends it well to promoting enjoyment and understanding of nature.

Interpretation could take the form of an explanatory panel, and occasional guided walks for the general public and specific groups, such as schools and youth groups.

The site provides a wide range of educational opportunities for all ages. This could include topics such as natural history, natural succession, habitat management and ecology.

7.           REFERENCES.

Barker, S.R.J. (1994). Brown Argus Butterfly in Worcestershire and Warwickshire. Worcestershire Wildlife Consultancy. Reports to English Nature.

England Field Unit, Nature Conservancy Council (1990). Handbook for Phase 1 habitat survey – a technique for environmental audit. Joint Nature Conservation Committee, Peterborough.

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