Posted by: lensweb | December 10, 2017

Forbes Hole LNR 2017

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Come and talk to the Friends of Forbes Hole

Tapper’s Harker Monday 27 November 12.15pm

Email:  or phone Chairman Stuart Gilder 07904169987

2017 Friends of Forbes Hole Annual Meeting

Forbes Hole is a 9Ha Local Nature Reserve owned and managed by Erewash Borough Council. The person with special responsibility for the reserve is Jaimey Richards, Erewash Borough Council Tree Officer. The Friends of Forbes Hole meet every Mon from 10 am -12 to work on the Nature Reserve.

Wood has been bought with £1000 grant from Nestle, Erewash Borough Council will use this to replace the car park fence and gate and the steps

Sycamore is to be removed and replaced with native trees. Sycamore leaves do not easily rot down and this means that woodland flowers, mosses and liverworts struggle to survive. Large sycamore trees may  be ring-barked to leave standing dead-wood.

Thanks to the Woodland Trust, 11 cherries, 10 rowan, 10 silver birch and 1 oak and 1 whitebeam have been planted.

Berry bushes are to be planted (hawthorn, hazel, dog-rose and dogwood) along the bank of the West ride and the height of tall bushes reduced. Cherry laurel is to be removed. Old hawthorn (more than 10 years old) does not produce many berries.

The meadow was scythed and mowed in September, dried cuttings raked off and stacked in the scrub area

Bramble has been removed from around the meadow and by the paths

Bird feeders have been placed in the car park to discourage random scattering of seed.

Trees are to be cleared from the pond edge to prevent shading and water pollution

Dead wood (except sycamore) is to be left in situ, cut sycamore can be used to define the edge of the path.

Elder bark is good for mosses so old elder will be cut back but left to grow.

Old buddlia will be cut back but left to grow.

Brushwood has been collected into habitat piles, homes for insects, amphibians and small mammals.

Clearance of horizontal ivy is on-going to encourage woodland flowers. Ivy flowers are an autumn nectar source which attracts many butterflies and these are followed by berries for the birds so a lot of ivy will be left.

Halo clearance around standard trees and raising of crowns helps trees to thrive.

The scrub area across the track is left completely wild

The water level has increased. Pond sampling by Alan Heath has shown the water quality has improved since the pond was isolated from the main sewer. Water for Wildlife provided nitrate and phosphate test kits to give a baseline for water quality.

Wildlife Recording

Flower recording. A full survey in March and August noted 191 species. Including the return of greater spearwort, fine-leaved water dropwort, broad-leaved pondweed and common water-crowfoot, also curled pondweed has appeared. Cyperus sedge, alternate leaved water milfoil, skull cap, square stemmed St John’s Wort, cornmint, water forget-me not and water mint are aquatic and marginal flowers that we hope to encourage by tree removal from the water edge. Disappointingly the water violet which appeared in 2014, was dried and shaded out.

Ann Heathcote of Freshwater Habitats visited to try to find the tubular water dropwort but none found. Tubular water dropwort last recorded 2000.

A Torchlight Newt Survey was carried out by Marion and Stuart in April. Many common newts were found when pond dipping for dragonfly larvae. Water stick insect and water scorpion also recorded.

Butterfly Transect 4th year. A fixed transect route is walked weekly from April 1 for 26 weeks and the number and species of butterfly recorded. 657 total butterflies this year.

Several rare insects have been found this year including a rare spider beetle, found by Darren Clarke and a hoverfly, Myolepta dubia. A musk beetle was photographed by Nigel Downes. A good year for dragonflies included red-eyed damselfly.

Public events held in 2017

April 9 Creation of wildflower area

May 28 Moth Watch followed by May 29 Moth identification and release

November 14 National Moth Night

Future plans

Continuation of work as above

Possible installation of a butterfly bank on the track side of the meadow NW-SE if permission is given.

Reeds need to be removed from pond in summer

Footpaths to be renewed if grant can be obtained

Disease resistant elm and black poplar to be planted along the west fence/ride. Butterfly Conservation will provide the trees, Erewash Borough Council and Erewash Tree Wardens will provide stakes and plant the trees.

Alder buckthorn, buckthorn to be planted in the woodland when it can be obtained.

Field maple and oak to be planted in woodland as young seedlings are transplanted within the site.

It is intended to take out the Japanese knotweed rhizome in the car park and to rejuvenate the hedge on the bank on the east of the ride

Other business

Forbes Hole is much loved by local residents. Visitor numbers have increased, estimate 6 per hour, a lot are regular visitors.

Unauthorised use of the car park can be a problem.

July 19 a grave was discovered at Forbes, Jaimey Richards ordered removal of the unauthorized plaque and remains.

A large poplar tree was blown down on March 28. 3 other large poplars were cut back on 4 December by council contractors. A large willow leaning over the railway path was laid down in the carr.

It was suggested a hawthorn around the meadow could be laid as a hedge.

See Forbes Hole Management Document written by Derbyshire Wildlife Trust



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