Fencing works started at Bicton

Mike Ford started the planned fencing works of Bicton Common last week, by clearing the ground of the fence line. The fencing follows public consultations and approval from the Planning Inspectorate in 2012. Fencing will enclose the perimeter of the Common (except for part of the southern boundary for which permission is currently being sought), to allow for conservation grazing to help develop a more sustainable management approach. Public Access within the Common as enshrined under the CRoW Act 2000 will continue as before, although once fencing is completed, initial access on the Common will need to be via one of 20 bridlegates that were identified by the public as being their primary entrance points. It is anticipated that actual fencing will begin in early February, with works completed by April 2014. During the summer 2014 baseline data will be collected on biodiversity prior to cattle (Devon Reds) being introduced in 2015.  Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any concerns por queries about this work.

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