Winter wildlife work

Winter is when we do a lot of our land management work. Since entering the Higher Level Stewardship Scheme last June we’ve got an even longer ‘to do’ list!

One of the tasks is more ‘scrub bashing’ on Popehouse Moor Site of Special Scientific Interest. We need to push back invading willow and bramble so as not to lose the precious culm grassland. Here’s a shot of the western end of the reserve where scrub bashing, and eventually hedge laying, will lessen the barrier between Popehouse Moor and Lower Newland Moor (where the turbine is), hopefully helping us manage them so their wildlife converges. We’ve got 3 winters of this work to do…

We’ve also been adding some new fencing to make it easier to keep the cows out of sensitive woodland in the summer.

Many many thanks to our volunteers from the WWOOF network (world wide opportunities on organic farms). Ayaka, Marion and Ben all braved near knee-high mud and worked hard chopping, carrying and burning.

Come back and see it when it greens up in the summer!