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10/02/2015 03:22pm

Richard Barnes

Many thanks for putting the plans online. I have two questions:

1) Why is there going to be a new fence along the track that runs alongside Gibraltar barracks from A327 Minley Lane? Won't the existing fence for the barracks suffice?

2)Do you have a supply of animals to graze the common? Hornley Common was fenced off and is rarely grazed (a whole year went by with no grazing once) as they struggle to find suitable grazing animals.

The Ranger replies

In response to your questions;

1) I would ask that you direct this question to the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust for a response. This area of the common is managed by them and they have specific reasons for implementing this course of action. Please contact Elliott Fairs (elliott.fairs@hiwwt.org.uk) and he will be able to give you more information.

2) I am not party to the discussions about grazing on Hornley Common so cannot comment on that in particular. Grazing the Country Park area of Yateley Common would be done slowly at first with minimal livestock density to ensure the grazing is effective and that the local public have time to familiarise themselves with the scheme. We do not have a particular grazier in mind at present, but we are working towards a more in depth grazing plan should this scheme go ahead. This will include numbers and breed of animals.

Thank you for your interest.

 

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29/01/2015 11:29am

Richard Barnes

Can I view the fencing plans online rather than going to yateley library??

The Ranger replies

Thank you for your enquiry. We are currently preparing the documents for publication online. It is hoped that they will be available to view online from the evening of Friday 30th January. Alternatively, hard copies of the supporting documentation can be requested, but there is a charge of £25 to cover the cost of printing and postage. Should you require this service please email row.notices@hants.gov.uk. Thank you.

 

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23/01/2015 01:49pm

Nikki Merritt
nikk1noo@hotmail.com

Upon driving along the A30 from Hartley Wintney to Blackbushe Airport, i have noticed that items have been hung from the trees (cans, bottles, cds etc). Why is this please?

The Ranger replies

Unfortunately, I cannot help you with your enquiry as I do not know the answer. The land in question is not owned or managed by Hampshire County Council other than the short section of Yateley common between Blackbushe Airport and the Cricket Hill roundabout. I can only suggest that the hanging of items in the trees along the road is in memory of someone who had an accident on this stretch of road or as a way of warding off evil spirits? I am sorry I cannot be more help in this instance.

 

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12/01/2015 11:08am

Simon Dodsworth

Hi, I'm hoping you can help with a plant ident. The valley bottom by the stream at Castle Bottom is full of bushes/shrubs approx 1 - 1.5 m high. What leaves they have at this time of year are long and narrow - a flat oval shape in fact, without any serrations along the edges. Would you know what they are likely to be?

I can send a pic if it helps.

Many thanks.

The Ranger Replies

Thank you for your interest in Castle Bottom NNR. It would be extremely helpful if you could send us a photo of the plant you are interested in and we can identify it correcty for you. Please email us at northern.sites@hants.gov.uk.

 

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24/11/2014 09:38am

Stephen Woolf

Am I permitted to pick wild mushrooms on Yateley common for my own personal consumption (i.e. Not for commercial purposes)?

The Ranger Replies

Hello. You can collect the four 'F's' for your own use - Flowers, Fruit, Foliage and Fungi. The same question was asked very recently and the answer was posted on 02/10/2014. Please refer to this response where you will find more details. Many thanks.

 

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13/10/2014 03:14pm

Thom

Hi there.

Just wodering if it is OK to take away some branches that have already fallen for wirewood? i thought i would ask before taking!

thanks

Thom

The Ranger replies

Thank you for asking, but unfortunately this is not allowed. Certain properties around the Common do have Rights of Common which allows them to take wood legally, but beyond this, the collection of fallen wood is prohibited. Yateley Common is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and as such, fallen deadwood is valuable to many invertebrates and in turn, therefore, many other animals. We do sell logs with free delivery to local residences.

 

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24/11/2014 09:38am

John Piper

Hi there, we love walking and cycling over the Yateley common and I was wondering if there is any scope for me getting permission to set some geocaches up over there?

I have set a number up locally, including ones along the Blackwater river (which is also an SSSI). These were set up in conjunction with the head ranger at Bracknell Forest council and have been there for over 2 years without issue or causing any detriment to the local flaura and fauna.

In case you are unaware what geocaching is, there are more details at www.geocaching.com

Essentially it is modern treasure hunting with gps and typically a container for the hunter to find and sign a log.

An example of one of the ones I have set up on the Blackwater river SSSI is here... http://www.geocaching.com/geocache/GC3TZ9K_florence

I look forward to hearing from you.

regards

John Piper

The Ranger Replies

Thank you for your question. Unfortunately, on most parts of Yateley Common geocaching is not actually permitted because the site is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and part of the Thames Basin Heaths Special Protection Area. This decision has been made by Natural England, the UK's land conservation organisation, not to allow geocaching on this site and we have to abide by their decision. There is however a small area of land which is not part of the SSSI and we could allow a geocache to be placed in this location. If you email us direct at northern.sites@hants.gov.uk we could discuss this further. Many thanks.

 

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02/10/2014 03:52pm

paul lewis

hello, I have taken up the hobby of metal detecting. I have become a member of the national council of metal detecting and I am insured. I would like to know if I am permitted to search anywhere on your land, many thanks.  

The Ranger replies

Thank you for making enquiries before going out on site to metal detect. Hampshire County Council has a metal detecting policy which cover detecting across all Countryside sites. Please contact the Conservation Officer Andy Davidson direct andrew.davidson@hants.gov.uk and he will be able to assist you.

Many thanks.

 

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02/10/2014 03:52pm

Ewen Davis

I know that this is not directley part of Yatelely common but why have they blocked off the car parking area up Woodside road. This area had a notice board with yately common infomation and a Dog waste bin all of which are now behind a large earth bank.

The Ranger replies

Thank you for your interest in Yateley Common. This parcel of land is part of Yateley Common, but is owned by the MoD (and managed by Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust). I understand that the layby has been blocked off to minimise access to this parcel of land. The movement of troops on this area is likely to increase over coming months and years.

Parking is still available to the west, adjacent to the A30.

 

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02/10/2014 03:52pm

Julia Wilbey

Hi Rangers, not much of a question, rather a "thought to let you know": we live at The Flats on the north-east side of the Common. We had a smooth snake in the garden on Saturday morning. It scuttled off quite quickly, but it was about 60 cm long and 3 cm in girth...roughly. It was greenish, almost blue... quite a sight. My husband looked up what it was and read that it was quite rare, so we thought to let you know. Sorry, we haven't got a picture...it was off in a flash.

The Ranger replies

Although not impossible, it is unlikely that it was a smooth snake. Like you say, these are extremely rare snakes and are very elusive tending to shy away from people spending most of their time underground. Having said all that, it is possible you may have seen one.

Smooth snake has only been recorded once on Yateley Common since the 1980's. They can be confused with an Adder, but they are much smaller in length, only reaching a maximum of approx. 60cm. The best way to tell them apart is that Adders have keeled (ridged) scales on their skin, unlike the Smooth snake, but not being able to get near them makes this identification very tricky. All snakes are protected under UK wildlife law.

A great spot whatever it was - we will definately keep our eyes out.

 

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