Cutting the Orchid Ride

Thursday, September 13th 2018

Today we have been cutting and clearing a Woodland Ride that runs parallel with the Access Road and is bordered by a row of veteran Ash trees.

The area is awash with Early Purple Orchids, which will emerge as early as January, being one of the first Orchids to flower in Spring. As such it is important to remove the cut vegetation so as to reduce the fertility of the soil and the amount of competitive grass species in the sward.

Aside from Meadow and Ride management we had to take time out to round up and move two escapees that had found their way onto the Scrapes. Both were moved to the Moorland, before being taken away from the Reserve and onto pastures familiar. 

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