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  CONTENTS  
   

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Introduction to the site

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Geology and soils  

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Site ownership and access  

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History of Old Park Wood

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Land use  

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Historic ownership  

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Habitats of Old Park WOod

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Species  

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Important features of OlD PARK WOOD

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Habitats  

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Species  

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Historic and cultural features

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CONSTRAINTS, OPPORTUNITIES AND THREATS ASSESSMENT

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MANAGEMENT AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

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Aims: To enhance the biodiversity across Old Park Wood  
To enhance and strengthen the sense of a woodland community  
  To encourage good practice for management within the wood  
  To encourage relations with the local community  
To collaborate, consult & co-operate to meet objectives
PROJECTS SUMMARY

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APPENDIX 1 Local Wildlife Site schedule and map ‘TW05 – Old Park Wood, Iden Green’
APPENDIX 2 Ancient Woodland Indicator Species in Kent  
APPENDIX 3 Interim guidance on managing woodlands with bats in England  
APPENDIX 4 Interim guidance on managing woodlands with dormice in England  
APPENDIX 5 Kent & Medway Biological Records Centre Land Access Database  

 

 

 

FIGURES  
Fig. 1 Old Park Wood. Map showing general site location

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Fig. 2 Rides are important open areas within woodland for a range of wildlife

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Fig. 3 Devil’s-bit scabious occurs along several rides and paths in Old Park Wood

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Fig. 4 Woodbank and ditch system along western edge of ‘Century’ woodlot

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Fig. 5 Possible hammer pond system in ‘Beech Mast’ woodlot

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Fig. 6 Dense and dark, old neglected coppice has little value for wildlife

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Fig. 7 Oak standards spaced within coppice coups were managed for larger timber

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Fig. 8 Low light levels in a dense stand of conifers

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Fig. 9 Oak and hazel mixed broadleaf woodland: native habitat

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Fig. 10 Wet alder woodland in ‘Limberlost’ woodlot

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Fig. 11 Heather still occurs along some of the rides and more open areas in some plots

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Fig. 12 This ride junction between compartments could be a good place to create an open sunny glade

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Fig. 13 Native broadleaf woodland. ‘Century’ woodlot

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Fig. 14 Wood anemone Anemone nemorosa: an ancient woodland indicator in Kent

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Fig. 15 Heathland at Hothfield Common

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Fig. 16 Silver-washed fritillary Argynis paphia

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Fig. 17 White admiral Limenitis camilla

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Fig. 18 Hazel, or Common, Dormouse Muscardinus avellanaria

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Fig. 19 Pipistrelle bat Pipistrellus sp

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Fig. 20 Illustration indicates a woodland ride with three zones of management enhancing the habitat for wildlife

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Fig. 21 Illustration indicates a woodland ride with scallops, to enhance the habitat for wildlife

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Fig. 22 Illustration indicates a coppice cycle and its value for wildlife

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  TABLES  
Table 1 Summary of habitats occurring in plots within Old Park Wood

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Table 2 Protected species that may occur at Old Park Wood and summary of relevant legislation

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  MAPS  
Map 1 Solid geology underlying Old Park Wood, Goudhurst

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Map 2 Soils at Old Park Wood, Goudhurst

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Map 3 Ownership boundaries, paths, rides & public rights of way through Old Park Wood

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Map 4 1871-1890 OS map of Old Park Wood

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Map 5 Species records and habitats at Old Park Wood

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