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      Below is a flavour of what the Rangers and Volunteers achieved in 2016

      • In January they found 528 harvest mice nests during a seven day survey at Selborne.
      • In February they laid more than 400 metres of hedge at Saddlescombe Farm near Devils Dyke.
      • In March they removed invasive trees on Harting Down, a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
      • In April they trained volunteers to carry out riverfly monitoring on the rivers Meon and Rother in order to complete water quality testing.
      • In May Alfriston Long Burgh was removed from the Heritage at Risk Register following work to improve its condition.
      • In June 362 water voles were released into the River Meon around Droxford with help from landowners, staff, partners and volunteers. 70 pupils from Meonstoke School helped with the feeding and checking of the voles in the pens.
      • In July barn owl boxes were checked and owlets ringed for monitoring.
      • In August they teamed up with National Trust volunteers and Milland Parish to cut and rake Cartersland Green wildflower meadow for the community.
      • In September they cleared 25 bin bags of invasive New Zealand pigmy weed removed from Woodland SNCI pond.
      • In October they coppiced to support the pearl bordered fritillary butterfly at Rewell Wood SSSI.
      • In November they constructed and installed ‘cages’ to protect rare juniper bushes from browsing livestock and deer.
      • In December they cleared scrub from a tumuli in Bishopstone and replaced two stiles with a kissing gate – both protecting and improving access to this heritage.

       

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