Friends of Whitebeam Woods
Whitebeam Woods is the last site of ancient woodland within the Borough of Worthing. Being surrounded by the Durrington conurbation, the site's value as an important urban wildlife habitat has greatly increased.
In 1992 the area was designated as a Site of Nature Conservation Importance. The following year British Trust for Conservation Volunteers approached Worthing Borough Council, who gave them permission to manage the Whitebeam Woods site, and the Friends of Whitebeam Wood were formed. The group undertakes coppicing, tree planting, wildlife surveying, and pond restoration and has formulated a comprehensive management plan. See British Trust for Conservation Volunteers website.
Family events like guided walks to explore the wildlife, clean up projects and a Teddy Bear's picnic are regularly held to encourage community involvement.
Volunteers and County Council Ranger undertook a moth survey for the Parks Section at Whitebeam Woods, West Durrington. Species recorded include the Sallow Kitten, Setacious Hebrew Character, Heart and Dart and Large Yellow Underwing.
For details of the other Conservation Groups who operate within Adur and Worthing please see Conservation and Countryside - general information.
A plan of Whitebeam Woods showing the sites various features is available below:
Document and Map Copyright © Anthony J Baker and Nicholas Liassides
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Page last updated: 04 January 2018