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Management Plan (1998)

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The DCPS commissioned a Management Plan for the Common that was published in 1997 by C. Smith of Farm and Countryside Liason Services. This plan is available on-line as a PDF file(s) that can be downloaded by clicking on the filename below. The report needs to be read using Adobe Acrobat Reader which can be downloaded free of charge from:

Because of its size (there are a lot of diagrams and photos), the plan has been split into sections based on the chapter or appendix. Click on the links in the table of contents below to go to the relevent part of the report. The report may be printed but not copied or altered.

The following list of contents will help to identify which part you need to download.

CONTENTS

1        BACKGROUND INFORMATION   5

1.1            Methodology  5

1.2            Location and Extent of the Study Area. 5

1.3            Archaeology and history  7

1.4            Ecology  7

1.5            Amenity and access  9

1.6            Designations and wayleaves. 9

1.7            Neighbouring Land  10

2      THE ECOLOGY OF DOWNLEY COMMON.. 12

2.1            Wildlife habitats. 12

2.2            Grasslands  12

2.3            Scrub and hedges  13

2.4            Trees and woodlands. 13

2.5            Ponds  14

2.6            Other habitats. 14

3        MANAGEMENT RECOMMENDATIONS AND PRESCRIPTIONS  14

3.1            Aims and obiectives. 14

3.2            Existing management 16

3.3       A new framework for management proposals. 17

3.4            Continuing management 19

3.5            Ideas into action. 24

4        LONGER-TERM PROSPECTS AND CONCLUSIONS  26

4.1       The longer term.. 26

4.2            Concluding comments. 26

4.3            Acknowledgements  26

5        APPENDIX I: CATALOGUE OF COMPARTMENTS AND FEATURES OF NOTE. 27

6        APPENDIX II: FLORA AND FAUNA.. 35

7        APPENDIX III: DCPS CURRENT MANAGEMENT PLAN.. 40

8        APPENDIX IV: PHOTOGRAPHS  46

9        APPENDIX V: REFERENCES  60

10            APPENDIX VI: GANDERLAND NINEVAH AND THE NINE-HOLE GOLF COURSE. 61