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We have what is probably the oldest woods in Kent, they were awarded village green status last summer to stop their destruction for housing. A few of us campained to alter this status and now we here on our estate have stewardship on the woods, the owners just have ownership but we have some authority.
The new owners who are our estate's housing association now want to "manage" the woods and want to coppice some chestnuts and fence some areas off. These wood have not been maintained for over 55 years and the biodiversity in such a small area is amazing. We have buzzards, deer, bats, woodpeckers, yellowhammers (at times) and bullhead, bream, carp, pike, perch and roach in the lake which is maintained on a voluntary basis by the fishermen and others. We feel that if man tries to manage nature then nature should watch out.
A biodiversity survey would help us and give weight to our arguments in this case, we want the woods as they are now, untouched, who knows what species are in our woods? Can anyone help us with a survey?