The secondary woodland on the north of the site that was not quarried away by the brickworks has no public access and is leased to an archery club.
Concessionary paths run through the remainder of the site in the mixed woodland that was planted in 1979 and the wildflower meadow situated in the centre of the site. It is being managed by a local volunteer group based in the village and also by us, as the meadow is included in our Higher Level Environmental Stewardship scheme. Management work includes thinning out the plantations, new tree and shrub planting to improve the mix of species present, mowing sections of the meadow and restoration by reseeding the northern part of the meadow where invading scrub and bramble has been cleared.
Regular butterfly monitoring has been carried out on the site since 2000 with over 20 species regularly seen each year. A butterfly bank on the northern end of the meadow was constructed by the volunteers in 2014.
The whole of Aston on Trent Brickyard Planation is registered as a Local Wildlife Site due to the mix of habitats and its importance for butterflies.