Thistle Pulling

Tuesday, July 31st 2012

Eighteen volunteers turned up to help out on the reserve today.  With so many people in we decided to attack the thistles on the wetland before they set seed.

Thistles do provide a valuable source of food for insects and some birds, though if left unchecked they would spread and become a problem in this habitat.

Work progressed quickly and soon the area was looking much better.  Only a small number of the thistles were showing signs of seeding so hopefully we should see the benefit of this work next summer.

Several trailer loads were remove from the wetland, and the area is now looking much better.  More work is planned here over the coming months, aiming to reduce the coarse grass and rush sward height.

Thank you to everyone who helped out with this task.  Volunteers also carried out the monthly flower walk and found over 100 plant species in flower, including three St John's Wort species - Square Stemmed, Slender, and Perforate, as well as Red Bartsia, and Enchanter's Nightshade.


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