Working to protect and enhance the Lickey Hills and their environs
Our new walks book â€˜Exploring The Lickeysâ€˜ was launched on 14th March 2017.
It is the product of several months hard work by members of the LHS Committee, the Rangers and Keith and Simon Woolford of Arch Media.
There are 68 pages containing details of 13 walks in and around the Lickey Hills Country Park. There is also a history timeline identifying events from as far back as the Ordovician period (over 480 million years ago) to the present day. Plus Heathland and Woodland Information, Childrenâ€™s Activities Pages and moreâ€¦
Copies can be purchased for Â£5 from The Visitor Centre in Warren Lane
Once again the Country Park has been voted one of the top attractions in the UK. National Express have carried out a survey to find the top 50 free attractions in the UK and the Country Park has come joint 23rd.
It was the top charting Country Park/park. This is an incredible achievement and more proof, if it is needed, of how important the Country Park is at a time of threatened cuts to funding and resources.
Very Well Done to the Ranger team - Steve, Penny, Dave and Holly.
See the full story in the Bromsgrove Standard
The overflow car park above the Visitor Centre is currently closed and is being used to store felled timber as shown in the photgraph above.
During January, the latest phase of Heathland restoration work was begun along with work to reduce the impact of Phytophthora ramorum. Unfortunately this has meant restricted access to Cofton Hill to allow contractors to carry out the work safely and to reduce the likelihood of spore transfer taking place. Similar work has recently been carried out on Rednal Hill. Some of the soft wood plantations on the heathlands are being removed along with invasive birch scrub. Where it is close to the heathlands, larch is being removed as it is a main contributor to the spread of Phytophthora.
The work will result in a big change to Cofton Hill which will look like it did some 80 years ago with a much more open appearance. If action is not taken, it could result in the loss of all bilberry in the Country Park and the degradation of our heathland.
A lot of thought and planning has gone into this essential work. Although the work looks destructive, it is necessary to retain this special habitat and the associated flora and fauna. The Rangers apologise for any inconvenience caused during this work and they hope that it will not spoil your visit to the Country Park.
Would you like to know more? Please contact the Ranger Service on 0121 445 6036 or call in at the Visitor Centre in Warren Lane
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