The Clausentum Fen Conservation Group is fortunate to enjoy the support of the following public bodies and organisations:
South Downs National Park
Clausentum Fen regeneration has been guided and funded by the South Downs National Park team who visited our 5 acre site in February, linked us to a range of conservation managers and advisers and funded (Sustainable Communities Fund) £2,000 towards our 2017 streams, pond and wetland biodiversity boosting initiative. This process involved the removal of non native species that were restricting the growth of the biodiversity promoting native plant species. Now the site is much more open to sunlight and the stage is set for optimised fen regeneration by chalk streams through restored fen panes and channels. This means that within a few years the site will provide water crowfoot, reed, rush, sedge, wild grasses and wild flower habitats for native invertebrates and their exciting food chains containing lampreys, fish, amphibia, birds and small mammals.
Hampshire County Council.
The Council paid £25,000 for a 999 year lease of Clausentum Fen as a nature conservation area, general woodland and meadowland, from PGC Construction in 2003. Unfortunately, budgetary constraints have prevented them managing the site as they would like and they have concentrated on Health and Safety aspects, bridge maintenance, water control works, such as bank repair and control of invasive species. The Council supports the formation of the CFCG and has provided a £1,000 starter project grant .
The Hampshire County Council Countryside Services Rangers are supportive and are currently undertaking tree works on the Fen bank of the Lockburn stream, repairing breaches in the bank and helping to clear bamboo and knotweed. They are advising on the Conservation Management Plan.
Winchester City Council
The Council supports the aims of CFCG and has refused planning permission for building development on the Fen, turning down plans for a Garden Centre in 1975. It contributed £10,000 to the purchase of the lease in 2003 and may be able to help with supportive funding.
The Winchester City Council Community Grants Team have given us (August 2017) a Small Grant award of £500 towards our work removing unwanted tress. Thanks very much!
The Conservation Volunteers
TCV Representative Rachel Bryan is helping to draft the Conservation Management Plan and advising the Group on basic training, constitution, insurance etc. She will also lead our first Work Party clearing bamboo.
Hampshire Conservation Volunteers
Hugh Corry of HCV has shared his deep knowledge of the Fen, both its history and the key factors affecting it, together with his vision for its future conservation and sustainability. He drafted a conservation plan in 2001 and has now updated this for CFCG in 2017 and produced accompanying maps. We are hugely grateful for his help and enthusiasm.