New Icart path opening today

18th April 2019

Postcard image of historical grazing at Icart field from the 1930s courtesy of La Société Guernesiaise.

A new footpath at Icart will open on 18th April.

The pathway, which loops back around to Icart car park, will allow visitors to view the work of the habitat restoration project in Icart field. The project aims to restore the States-owned land to a locally rare dry grassland habitat.

The field will not allow public access, to ensure the regeneration of the delicate flora and other wildlife and to improve biodiversity. Walkers are also asked not to allow their dogs to enter the field.

Lisa Duggan, Environmental Services Officer, Agriculture, Countryside and Land Management Services described the work on Icart as ‘very pleasing’ and stressed the ‘vital importance’ of the public respecting the area. She said she had observed damage to the flora at Bluebell Woods and appealed to walkers to ‘enjoy the wildlife from a distance’.

The project is supported by La Société Guernesiaise, whose Conservation Herd of Guernsey steers will graze the field each autumn. This, coupled with the clearing of bracken will enable the grassland to re-establish with native wildflowers, which will provide a source of food for insects, and in turn, the birds and bats which feed on them.

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