Everlasting pea

Everlasting pea

With the start of September and hopes of an Indian Summer there is still plenty to be seen on Butser Hill and in QE Forest. Wildflowers are still easy to see close to the car parks and alongside the many paths.

The grasshoppers and crickets will hang on until the first frosts and there are still many butterflies, often looking a little bedraggled at this late point in the season.

As the season draws to a close there are many work tasks that need to be carried out to ensure that next years biodiversity will get the best possible chance.

 

 

 

Already 65 beef cattle have started grazing on the northern slopes of the Hill. They are not selective grazers like the sheep and will remove large quantities of shrub and coarse grasses. Some areas will be topped after they have moved on. The cattle will then move up to the top of Butser after the school holidays have ended.

Common Knapweed

Common Knapweed

Additionally, contractors have started cutting back and replacing fence lines on the very top of the Hill (see earlier post) where the cattle will be grazing a little later on.

Before Christmas the scrub cutting by hand and with tractor mounted machinery will begin in earnest, and there will also be the chance for visitors to get involved through our Conservation Work Weekends.

 

For more information of these public events look out for the next Park Pages which will be on the web-site any day now at www.hants.gov.uk/qecp

 

 

Speckled Wood butterfly

Speckled Wood butterfly

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rosebay Willowherb

Rosebay Willowherb

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