The Coast and Vale Community Action group have been offered a small area of land near the cut at Newby and are wondering what to do with it. SFNS have been asked to comment on the ecological value of the site. We have had an initial meeting with David Stone to provide more background and have done a brief vegetation survey of the site which will be passed on to them when written up. The botanical interest does not appear great but does provide a ‘wild’ area within the town and is part of a nice corridor along the cut through the town. Whilst the land does not quite border the cut anything done there may well affect the overall value of the corridor. The land between this site and the water is probably managed/owned by the Environment Agency and we have advised CAMCA to make contact with them. During the visit Grey wagtail, Dipper and Kingfisher were noted using the waterway and other more common birds such as Blackcap were present on site.
We have done a vegetation survey of the verge adjacent to the SSSI. The verge holds a number of species of orchid an also some other nice patches of chalk grassland. The hope is that between the Parish Council and the DoT we can get the site managed better to sustain this valuable habitat.