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South West Ranger Forum: Taking the pressure off wildlife with a new breed of parks
Friday, October 4th, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
This years South West Ranger Forum will be hosted by Teignbridge District Council and is open to anyone working in the environmental management sector. Come and discover more about Dawlish Warren National Nature Reserve and the SANG (Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace) created to protect it.
Starting at the Mount Pleasant Inn for tea, coffee and introductions, the rest of the morning will involve a walking tour of the Warren lead by Senior Ranger Phil Chambers and his team learning about this very important site and some of the pressures it faces. Some walking on soft sand. Dogs must be on a short lead and some of furthest areas (which we may not reach) are no dog zones.
Bring a packed lunch to eat in the buildings of Dawlish Gardens Trust while networking with your fellow countryside managers – and bring £1.50 for tea and homemade cake from this wonderful local charity.
The afternoon will be spent on a walking tour around Dawlish Countryside Park learning of this SANGs fascinating history, establishment, wildlife and important new purpose. Some short steeper sections to best views, but could be avoided.
Both sites somewhat exposed so dress for the weather.
Location: Day starts at The Mount Pleasant Inn, Mount Pleasant Road, EX7 ONA. Park in the Dawlish Warren pay and display overflow car park (just 5 minutes’ walk down the hill), parking charge £5 per vehicle for the day – cash or card machines available.
Themes to be covered:
- Recreational pressures on sensitive sites
- Establishing the need for a SANG
- How the SANG is funded. The SEDHRC partnership
- Establishing a new park – the practicalities
- Making dogs welcome
- Management for Cirl buntings
- Management for rare arable weeds
Refreshments: Coffee/tea biscuits to start provided but please bring a packed lunch and £1.50 for tea and homemade cake at Dawlish Gardens Trust at lunchtime.
Free event, please register on Eventbrite.