25 August 2011

A sunny day at Bradlaugh Fields Nature Reserve

A dry Thursday at last, spent it with the Wildlife Trust on their nature reserve in the hills and hollows of Bradlaugh Fields. The day’s tasks were to cut back the brambles to stop them spreading any further and also to mow the grass, not to make it like a lawn but to maintain low soil fertility suitable for next year’s wild flowers and the nectar and pollen loving insects that feed on them.

The grass was cut with a mechanical scythe and brush cutters and then racked up and removed to the side of the reserve by hand.

As a bonus the bramble bushes were loaded with blackberries so filled my lunch box with some for a blackberry and apple pie.

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