Ragwort pulling season

A busy time with butterfly transects, vegetation surveys and most time consuming of all – dealing with thistles and ragwort.

The idea is to pull the ragwort, dig out the spear thistles and top the creeping thistles before they all set seed. Thereby stopping their further spread across the grassland. Thanks to the volunteers as ever and also to Ant and Abby our student work placements from Sparsholt for their help over the last three weeks.

Interesting wildlife sightings recently include one or possibly two glossy ibis seen during the WeBS count, also the first southern hawker and marbled whites of the year – all at Farlington.

 

Marbled White on slender St Johns wort at Pamber by Phil McLeanMarbled White

DSCF2019 Topping Thistles

 

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