There were eight volunteers for the bracken-cutting day at Pudsham Meadows on 7th August. They achieved a great deal of work, helped by the cooler weather than of late.  There are various reasons for cutting the bracken but as a control measure, repeated cutting (and pulling) reduces its vigour and enables other species in these meadows to flourish.

 

Cutting tall bracken

Cutting tall bracken

The tall bracken was strimmed in Goat Field and Pudsham Meadow.  In the foreground is an area pulled in June this year – note that while it has regrown to some extent, it is much less dense than in the area where it was not pulled.

 

Goat Field bracken pulled again

Goat Field bracken pulled again

The June-pulled area in Goat Field was pulled again.  This provides a habitat with more varied structure.

 

Small Field - see text

Small Field – see text

 

Part of Small Field (above) was re-pulled and the rest mown with a scythe (following on from the training course on 1 August).

 

Strimming the bridleway

Strimming the bridleway

 

After finishing the fields, the overgrown sections of bridleway were strimmed.  If the rains should come, passers by will not get soaked by wet bracken.

 

Gathering scythed grass

Gathering scythed grass

 

In addition to the usual bracken reduction, the grass mown on the scything course in a neighbouring field was also gathered up.

 

Brush-cutters in Goat Field

Brush-cutters in Goat Field

This final photograph shows another view of strimmers in Goat Field.