Clearing scrub prior to fencing

Clearing scrub prior to fencing

This week contractors have been working on the very top of Butser Hill clearing back scrub, removing old fencing and replacing it with new.

The weather on the Hill is not kind to timber or wire fencing and if we can get 20 years of life from a fenceline then that is good. Treated softwood posts are used along with livestock netting and two strands of barbed wire. This combination will keep in the Parks livestock in the right place.

Currently there are 200 ewes each with an average of 1.5 lambs as well as 65 beef cattle. Being able to graze certain areas at key times is important to the maintenance of the National Nature Reserve which is made up of about 15 fenced compartments. 

 

Removing old fencing

Removing old fencing

The Park Rangers replace a target of 1KM of fencing each and every year to keep the fencing in good condition. Contractors are used to help with the workload and in this case a local company called Leydene fencing Ltd is being used.

An 80 hp tractor with post thumper is essential to get the new posts in to the hard chalk, and a small caterpillar unit is useful for pulling out the old wire.

For more information about Leydene fencing go to their web-site on www.leydenefencing.com

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