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Nature Notes

This section has been developed to give visitors an overview into the rich biological and ecological habitat, which surrounds Annesley Woodhouse. It provides a summary of background information, relating to various sites, which can be explored further by clicking on the relevant links.  We also provide a page devoted to "Reporting Wildlife and other sightings" to the respective authorities

We also welcome any further information from around Kirkby Woodhouse, Annesley, Nuncargate etc.

ACCESS has worked continuously over the past years, with Ashfield District Council, local industry and residents, to recognise the rich ecological assets of the area and we thank them all for their contribution.

Physical areas covered to date - Little Oak Plantation, Sherwood Business Park, Oak Wood Field, Wildflower Meadow - and we welcome more.

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Little Oak Plantation
This has included the research, submission and approval of both a Local Wildlife Site (LWS) status to Little Oak Plantation, with the addition of a total "Tree Preservation Order"( TPO) and "Replanted Ancient Woodland" (PAWS) with regular inspections taking place recording both mammal and wild plants present.

We are currently pushing for the recognition of the footpaths through this wood, which have been used by members of the public for over 50 years.
Please click here – for the detailed information. (Link not yet developed 10/11/2015)

Sherwood Business Park
ACCESS and its members have been active with the Sherwood Park Estate Management Company to identify plants and animals present. From this action, plans have been
developed which have seen roadway bank-side areas made available for wildflower meadows and the protection of many rare species. ACCESS have worked with Nottinghamshire Geographical and Biological Records Centre (NGBRC) to gain a better understanding of the importance of this and other local areas.

This involved and still involves the recording and submission of information to this body, which we have devoted a new section to, so even if not a member of ACCESS you can assist locally in ensuring that Nottinghamshire's flora, fauna and mammals are correctly recorded.
Please click here – for the detailed information.(Link not yet developed 10/11/2015)


Oak Wood Fields (Annesley Woodhouse)
The nature area ( previously called Forest Road Nature Area) situated alongside Sherwood Business Park and Little Oak Plantation, and behind Forest Road has suffered in the past from neglect. The area was brought some years ago by Ashfield District Council (ADC), who have earmarked a sum of money for this space and ACCESS are attempting to rejuvenate the area and form a local management group to manage this and its improvement. This area contains some plants unique to Nottinghamshire, but it's important that it is managed correctly, so that the habitat, maintains a balance vital to its visitors and its ecological hosts. This is one of the areas, along with the Wildflower meadow, in which we conduct our butterfly surveys and bat watches.
Please click here – for the detailed information. (Link not yet developed 10/11/2015)

Reporting wildlife and other sightings
It is vital that residents and visitors make the appropriate authorities aware of sightings not only within Little Oak Plantation but elsewhere within Nottinghamshire. It doesn't matter if this occurs on walks, car journeys or bike rides, your sightings can help build up a better understanding of the species diversity throughout the County . We would again draw your attention to the section "Reporting Wildlife and other sightings" to enable you to do this.