The Binevenagh and Coastal Lowlands Landscape Partnership Scheme invites bids from appropriately qualified individuals or organisations to undertake fencing works for Aghanloo Wood ASSI Conservation Grazing project at Aghanloo, County Derry/Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

The closing date and time for the return of proposals is Friday 23rd July at 12 noon.

Please see full details here at the INVITATION TO TENDER

Aghanloo Wood is one of the largest blocks of continuous semi-ancient woodland in Northern Ireland and has been designated as an ASSI for its special woodland flora and fauna. The wood is no longer grazed and has fallen into poor condition over the last 15 years, and the damage may become irreversible if action is not taken now. This plan aims to replace the fencing for around half of the 200 acre woodland, and to restore a well-managed conservation grazing scheme in the wood to return the area to favourable condition by encouraging the recovery of unique ground flora, for example the Bird’s-nest Orchid, for which the woodland was protected. With a safe environment for effective grazing, the woodland will continue to be managed sensitively for generations to come.

To best restore this habitat ecologically & cost effectively, it is necessary to re-introduce a sensitive conservation grazing regime using cattle. The current fencing is dilapidated and cannot safely contain livestock, and therefore needs to be replaced. The c100 acre area of woodland will be sub divided into four grazing compartments.

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