Wetland Work

Wednesday, September 25th 2013

Work has started on the wetland, strimming off the coarse rushes from the bunds surrounding the wetland pools.  Coarse rushes have become prolific over the past couple of years, not only here at Foxglove but all through the surrounding area.

The control of this invasive species involves brushcutting the bunds, before raking off the cut stems.  Good progress has been made today, with views from the hide into many of the pools improved by the work.

There is still a lot of work to do here, and a second cut will be made again early in the spring to help knock back any early season growth.  A regular cutting regime, over time, reduces the vigour of rush growth, eventually decreasing the total cover allowing a greater diversity of ground flora to develop and improving the habitat for wildfowl and wading birds.

 Volunteers completed the monthly flower walk, identifying over 40 plants in flower.  The moth trap was also set last night, catching 62 moths of 20 different species.

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