Abel Heath Bracken Management (11th July 2011)

Abel Heath

Abel Heath

Abel Heath

Abel Heath

Abel Heath

Abel Heath

Abel Heath

Abel Heath

On a lovely sunny afternoon a group of eight Society members tackled some more of the Heath's bracken. Area C received the most obvious attention and looked very much better given the amount of infestation since the previous visit. Three members tackled some of the outlying areas, which at first sight seems a daunting task. However the aim is to maintain the bracken without allowing it to spread too far and to engulf some of the other heathland habitats. Similar management is required of the willow herb, which although lovely to look at in small clumps, can be very invasive. This means that some judicial removal of flower heads is necessary before seeding takes place.

Just being on the Heath is enjoyment enough. One member spent the afternoon botanising recording 50 different species. In all she has now listed 104 to add to the 18 different types of tree. Most imposing was a single stem of the Great Mullein (Verbascum thapsus). Dark Mullein (Verbascum nigrum) was also recorded as well as species that don't appear in this recorder's field guide! Nine species of butterfly were seen as well as a scuttling hedgehog. No adders were recorded among the bracken. Perhaps we were making to much noise!

All in all a very enjoyable social and practical outing.

 

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