Surveys have located a number of scarce and local invertebrate species associated with swampy conditions and dead wood. The most protected of these being,
Six amber and twelve red BCC listed species have been recorded and the site has considerable potential to support additional numbers and species of bird. These include,
Otter have been recorded from Hell Ditch in recent years and under the previous management plan an Otter holt has been constructed. Given the levels of disturbance by people and dogs, and the use of a path along much of the length of the Wey, otters are probably always going to be shy and nocturnal here.
The other large mammal seen in the area is Roe Deer, where similar considerations pertain particularly as regards dogs.
There is already a facility for bats in the WWII pill box in Overgone Meadow.
The report lays out a range of prescriptions with the aim of maintaining and improving the site for people and wildlife. Which we believe are in direct conflict with the current proposals!