Plan B - Trail Blazing in the New Plantation!

Tuesday, August 16th 2011

The planned 'thistle pulling' was postponed today and instead of getting soaked in the rain on the wetland the volunteers made a bee line for the shelter of the newly acquired plantation! As you can see from the photo below, there is a massive amount of work to be done on this previously neglected area of conifer plantation.

Before work in the new plantation

Volunteers soon got 'stuck in' and cleared out Gorse and low branches from the conifers to allow more light into this habitat which has huge potential. Brian blazed a trail right accross from one side to the other!

Brashing in the new plantation

There was plenty of cutting and dragging and by early afternoon everybody was exhausted!

Clearing in the new plantation

This is an area that has been brashed and cleared. Before this work you couldn't even walk through the woodland.

Log pile in plantation

In this area of Scots Pine there are plenty of Foxgloves trying to grow. After today they will have a lot more light and should flourish. Whilst working here, Bethany and Ann discovered two 'nests' of fungus! It seems that the pine needles have fallen from the trees and built up in a fork of branches and provided the ideal conditions for its growth.

'Nest' of fungus!

It is really quite beautiful and a first glance at the fungus guide identifies it as Macrocystida cucumis. This will be confirmed!

Fungus 'nest'


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