Middle Valley

Middle Valley

 Previous posts have covered some of the varied tasks carried out by the Park’s Rangers over the Winter, and have highlighted the deadline for completion of all ‘scrub bashing’ and woodland work by the end of February to avoid the bird nesting season.The image above was taken in Middle Valley one of the three blocks of Yew on the southern slopes of Butser.These can be easily seen driving north on the A3.Scott driving the tractor

 The deadline was just about met with work running a little in to March. Yew woodland is a scarce and significant habitat, and the area also supports a wide variety of mosses and lichens. With the widespread fall in rabbit numbers areas such as this are no longer naturally maintained becoming swamped with Old Man’s Beard, Hawthorn and Ash. The work carried out by the Rangers involves cutting back all the unwanted vegetation, replacing the old fence line and introducing a gate so that the Park’s sheep can be used to graze the area in the future.
 Back; Steve & Jason/Front; Matthew & Ben

For more information about the cycle of work at QECP the Management Plan can be found on the web-site at www.hants.gov.uk/qecp

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