Sunday 24th November 2019, 10:30am-2:30pm
Main Forest Gate car park
- Phil Stuckey (National Trust Ranger)
- 07768 865 021
Sun 24th November: Ashclyst Forest near Broadclyst 10.30 am - 2.30 pm.
Ashclyst is an important butterfly habitat and is a new site for our conservation tasks. Today we will be helping to coppice one of the ride edges at Snaffle Park (10 minute walk away) by removing small trees. Pearl-bordered Fritillary breeds here and our work should help to increase numbers. Bring cutting tools.
Meet in the main Forest Gate car park [SX 999 995]. Directions: Travelling north from Exeter, take the B3181 through Pinhoe and Broadclyst and take a right turn just BEYOND the left turn to Killerton House (signed to Ashclyst Forest) and follow this lane for a further mile going past two left turns, and the Forest Gate car park is on your left. This route is less narrow and avoids blind junctions on the more direct route from Broadclyst.
Most of our winter work days are targeted at helping specific butterfly species but always benefit many other wildlife species that prefer more warmth and light that our clearing work provides. It is usually ok to just turn up on the day but if adverse weather threatens cancellation or for any other queries a contact number is provided. Participants can attend for just part of the day if they wish but should always tell the contact person if they leave early. Bring lunch, a drink, waterproof clothing, stout footwear or boots and gardening gloves.