The Head Ranger to be Heard.
The Committee received a presentation from the Head Ranger outlining the management priorities for 2017/18.
Oak Processionary Moth
Four Oak Processionary Moth nests had been found by professional surveyors on the Eastern Boundary of the Common. All nests had been removed and ongoing monitoring for the infestation would continue. It was confirmed that the Forestry Commission poster informing the public about the moths was on display and information was available on the website.
The management plan expired in 2021 and work was being undertaken to look at what should be included in the next plan.
The planned water supply would now be installed to support the natural grazing on the Common, and not as a fire prevention method as had been originally planned. Contractors had been hired and it was anticipated the work would start in two months. The supply could be extended in future if necessary.
The division had entered into partnership with the Surrey Wildlife Trust to support the wild grazing programme. The trust will conduct thorough risk management and match animals to the site based on temperament. An invisible fence system, which involves a radio signal cable being laid along boundaries, would be installed to manage the animals, and it was anticipated eight cows would be in place by the end of 2017. A trial at Burnham Beeches had proved highly successful.
RESOLVED – That the presentation be noted.