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Car park closures

Updated 29th July 2021

Ground-nesting birds - car park closures 2021

Our team have been closely monitoring the progress of the ground-nesting birds and reviewing the most critical locations. It’s important to try and limit disturbance in these areas to avoid parents fleeing nests and exposing chicks and eggs to predators.

Each year, special quiet zones are established around critical breeding locations for ground-nesting birds and a small number of car parks near to these are closed. The locations are chosen based on survey work from the previous breeding season and ongoing analysis of the prime locations for different species of bird. Limiting activity in these small pockets helps reduce the likelihood of birds abandoning nests and exposing chicks to predators.

March to July

The car parks closed from 1 March to the end of July are - Crockford, Crockford Clump, Yewtree Heath, Clayhill, Hinchelsea, Shatterford, Hinchelsea Moor and Ocknell Pond. Alternative car parks are located near all of these areas, please do not park on verges, along access tracks or in gateways, thank you.

August

The car park remaining closed until the end of August is - Clay Hill

Other car park closures

  • Osmond's Bushes will remain closed whilst nearby roadworks on the A35 at Holmsley Bridge are carried out.

There are no longer toilets at Hatchet Pond car park.