WAYLAND WOOD (The impact of further development of the
Thetford Road (Gladmans) upon Wayland Wood and its
Wayland Wood was formerly in the ownership of the De Grey family, however, in 1975 the wood was sold to the Norfolk Wildlife Trust.
Although there are many fine ‘standard’ trees in Wayland Wood such as Oak and Ash, few are of considerable age as many were felled for use in various wartime efforts. The oldest trees are in fact the coppiced Hazel and Ash, the root systems of which are many centuries old.
Wayland Wood is also vitally important for ground covering plants such as Anemones, Bluebells, and Orchids, however, it is also home to the very rare Yellow Star of Bethlehem and Wayland Wood is the only known site in
BIRDLIFEWayland Wood is the home to a year-round variety of bird species. Spring and Summer sees Warblers, Tits, Finches, Woodpeckers, Nuthatches, Treecreepers, and Tawny Owls all breeding. The woodland floor is the home to breeding Woodcock, a declining species, also Nightingales visit in some years. Perhaps the rarest of all species which occurs in the wood is the Willow Tit, now a very rare bird in the
During the winter months the woodland floor sees an increase in Woodcock numbers with birds from
Thrush, Tit, and Finch numbers increase in the winter months with birds visiting to seek warmth, shelter, and feeding.
OTHER WILDLIFEMammals which live in Wayland Wood include Roe Deer, Muntjac, Red Fox, Voles and Mice, and Long-eared and Pipistrelle Bats. Grass Snakes are also regularly seen in the wood. The ground living requirements of most of these species once again highlights their susceptibility to disturbance.
EFFECTS OF FURTHER BUILDING ON THEI am a member and volunteer with the Norfolk Wildlife Trust and over the years I have seen how the increased population in Watton has significantly and negatively impacted upon Wayland Wood, and indeed, other nearby sites of interest.
ROAD (GLADMANS) SITE UPON WAYLAND WOOD
I have been previously been responsible for rubbish clearing at Wayland Wood, I would often leave with a black bin bag of rubbish from the car park area. The increased population has seen an increase in fly-tipping with items discarded becoming larger, a poor reflection upon the human species in the area.
The main points to be raised of how further development on the
- Light pollution
- Increase in fly-tipping
- Increase in dog walking (not allowed in Wayland Wood due to the sensitivity to disturbance of ground-dwelling species)
- Negative aesthetic impact upon Wayland Wood
- Disturbance to Wildlife (especially ground dwelling and nesting species)
Wayland Wood has been in existence for some 10,000 years, it is a tiny fragment of what was formerly known as the ‘Wildewood’, woodland so vast that it covered the whole of theWayland Wood and its wildlife hosts must remain free from further pressures, including building on the
. The wood has
been the home to numerous woodland species over the millennia with only recent
times seeing undo pressures being placed upon the wood and the species therein. UK
I have included two photographs of illegal fly-tipping at Wayland Wood, both from February 2015. Such illegal activity will be an ongoing concern if Watton continues to development at this unprecedented pace.
|Wayland Wood (Feb 2015) An example discarded matresses. Such unacceptable behaviour will increase with increasing population.|
|An unwanted fridge-freezer in Wayland Wood (Feb 2015) Sickening behaviour by mindless idiots.|
PLEASE MAKE OBJECTIONS TO BRECKLAND COUNCIL PLANNING AND STOP THIS POORLY THOUGHT THROUGH DEVELOPMENT.