|The Spittleful mound is starting to re-appear|
I've been regularly visiting the site and, although the work appears extreme, it's great to see the Spittleful mound coming to light for the first time in many years. Clearing the trees makes it much easier to finally see what the heathland is going to look like once it starts to regenerate.
The work will give the rare heathland's plants and animals a chance to recolonise and expand their numbers. In time we hope that birds like woodlark and nightjar will return - they haven't been recorded on the reserve for many many years. Even more well-known birds like green woodpeckers, stonechats, wrens, long-tailed tits and yellowhammers will benefit from the work.
We're already starting to see regeneration of heathland grasses in areas that we'd cleared last year - which is really good to see. Some of the first colonisers of open ground (not just of heathlands) are foxgloves and mullien - both of which germinated last year and will be in flower this summer.
|Mullein & foxgloves poking through|
|One of several stands of trees we're leaving - this has a mix of old trees, scrub and dead wood - great for a range of wildlife|
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Andy, Reserves Officer