Wildlife verges are an important refuge for many plant and animal species that were once common in the meadows of the High Weald.
Four types of verge are recognised in the High Weald AONB in which the Dallington Forest Project area sits:
- Species-rich grassland verges,
- Species-rich ‘woodland’ verges,
- Species-poor grassland verges, and
- Amenity grassland verges.
More information about these types of verges, and the recommendations for mantaining and enhancing them can be found in the High Weald AONB leaflet ‘Road verge types in the High Weald’.
The Dallington Forest Project area has a number of ‘designated’ verges, requiring East Sussex Highways’ contractors to protect them by exercising a ‘no cut’ reigime during the spring and summer months.
These exisiting designated verges are in the process of being surveyed to assess their current condition and will be documented for inclusion here.
It is hoped that more verges in the project area can be surveyed and designated as protected, and volunteers would be very welcome help this happen. Please contact us via the About/Contact page.
East Sussex Highways data on designated verges, by parish
These spreadsheet files contain information about the verge locations, original surveys, wildflower species recorded, and management requirements.