And the award for most effective Hymalayan Balsam control goes to….

Sunrise: 04.51 Sunset: 09.24

The Shetland Beauties!

Yes, the Shetland cattle have consumed all the Himalayan balsam at the north end of the swamp.

The first image shows the cattle grazing the west bank of North Pond on my way past this morning.

The second image shows the north end of the swamp, alongside Hoo Brook, which would now be swathed in 3 feet high Himalayan balsam if the cattle had not eaten it all. The cattle have not been able to get to the balsam on the right hand side of the stock fence.

The third image is of the riverside pasture running parallel to the swamp, and shows what the northern end of the swamp would be like, but for the cattle.

So we have taken a major step forward in Himalayan balsam control on the northern end of Wilden Marsh.

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Cattle at North Pond.

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North end of the swamp, alongside  Hoo Brook.

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River pasture, alongside the swamp, swathed in 3 feet high Himalayan balsam.

 

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