As part of the management of the reserves, it is necessary to be able to separate and identify the various areas which may need specific management strategies. With this in mind, we have split the reserve into various habitat types - for example: meadows, hedges, margins etc - and then further identified each specific example within the various habitat types. The map below shows each of these on the schematic of the reserve.
In addition to facilitating individual habitat management strategies, it also makes it easier to identify specific areas where interesting things have been seen. For example it is a lot easier and more specific to say 'W5' rather than 'The new ditch alongside the path which runs between the pond and down towards St Margaret's Gate' which is quite long-winded and open to mis-interpretation.
The Habitat Key helps to explain the rather 'busy' map.