10 May 2018
Mr B Slack
Dear Mr Slack Access to Information Request – Request no 4237
Thank you for your request for information set out below, which we received on 03 May 2018. Your
request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIRs).
You asked for:
1. Are you saying Mytchett Woods currently has no management plan in place, and if
so why? and is there any plans to introduce one?
Not all SSSI land has a management plan. Such plans are desirable, but it is not a mandatory
requirement for SSSI owners to produce such plans. The land at Mytchett Woods forms part of the
Defence Training Estate. The Defence Estates management plan dating from 2000 is now
somewhat out of date. The woodland sections of the management plan are attached. Defence
Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) are in the process of developing Integrated Rural Management
Plans for the training estate. We do not have a timescale for the completion of such plans for each
site. In the absence of an approved management plan, Natural England is consulted on works
within the SSSI by the landowner/estate mangers as required.
2. Are Natural England aware of the works currently going on at Mytchett Woods
undertaken by the MOD and if not why not. If you are aware of such works then
please provide all correspondence between the parties to the work?
We are aware of forestry works which has involved extensive thinning of the conifer plantations.
We were consulted by Forestry Commission (FC) over the felling licence application, and we
responded that we did not have any objections to FC issuing the felling licence - see attached. We
are also aware of the subsequent follow up works – also see attached. We are also aware of the
clearance of low bushes and scrub from some of the open habitats within the forestry blocks. That
work was agreed with Natural England as part of a previous management agreement between
Natural England and the Surrey Wildlife Trust/DIO.
3. When was the last time Natural England visited Mytchett Woods and when do you
next plan to visit?
The most recent visits by Natural England to the site were on 17 July 2017, 31 July 2017 and 21
February 2018. Two of those visits were with various representatives of the landowner. We do not
have a definite date for next visit, but it is likely to be this summer.
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