The first stage has been to cut back invasive scrub (mostly blackthorn and bramble) to encourage the rarer meadow plants to re-establish themselves in the first of the two fields at Alex Pastures. The first picture, below, shows the site entrance before work commenced.
|Summer 2014, invasive scrub had over-run much of the original grassland|
|After scrub removal, just the deeply-rutted track has been left|
|The first cut and removal of scrub had an immediate effect opening up the meadow to a significant size.|
|The original grassland has been left surrounded by nothing much more than dry earth following the scrub removal. Next spring, if my memory serves me well, the fields will be peppered with hundreds of Primroses.|
|Panoramic of Alex Pastures top field showing scrub removal. The site margin left and to centre has a well developed scrub habitat - a stronghold of Bullfinch, Garden Warbler and Nightingale.|