Topping on Butser Hill

Topping on Butser Hill

Winter work continues on Butser Hill with yet another machine. Previous blogs have highlighted the work of tractor and ‘destroyer’, and the Aebi Terratrac both of which were brought in to deal with scrub control in the National Nature Reserve.
For the next few days a 150 horse power Fendt tractor and 2.5 metre flail will be topping across several hectares of the Butser Hill Top. The idea is to deal with the areas where coarse grasses dominate the sward, and where young thorn plants sheltered by this thick vegetation are coming up thick and fast. 
 
Topping on Butser

Topping on Butser

 
This machine which is provided by Rother Valley Organics, our Farm Business Tenants, is benefitting from the frozen conditions which will minimise any compaction. The Fentd tractor has computerised traction control which allows the driver to concentrate on the job in hand without having to worry about the sites steep slopes.
 
Before and after

Before and after

 
All the tractor mounted machinery will be off site by the end on February to avoid any possible disturbance for nesting birds.  
For more information about the management of the site there is a section on the web-site at www.hants.gov.uk/qecp  

  

 
 

  

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