IMPROVING WILDEN MARSH GROUND CONDITIONS FOR WADING BIRDS AND IMPORTANT FLORA

The cattle have been busy over the past six months reducing last year’s vegetative growth in preparation for this year’s growing season. We have paid particular attention to clearing Middle Wood, Rhombus Field, Tenant Farmer’s Field, Flooded Wood Pasture and areas around South pool to improve ground conditions for wading birds. My grazing plan is ahead of schedule this year because the cattle have not been in the Orchid Field.

I walked the Rhombus Field mire yesterday and realised enough ground cover had been cleared, so I moved the cattle to the South Marsh – hooray!

Wilden Marsh Nature Reserve bird nesting season begins 1st April and ends 10th August. Access for Worcestershire Wildlife Trust members and permit holders will be restricted to the South Entrance Section riverside pathway and the first metal five-bar gate just south of South Pool.

I went back into the Rhombus Field earlier today while the cattle were on the South Marsh; common snipe were flushing as I moved through the compartment. There are plenty of snipe around South Pool, and they too quickly fly zigzagging up and away when their space is invaded.

The video below is for the record and shows what a mire the Rhombus field is.

(Click on the image to see the video)

6 Comments on “IMPROVING WILDEN MARSH GROUND CONDITIONS FOR WADING BIRDS AND IMPORTANT FLORA

  1. It’s interesting to see how cattle can help with habitat management. The herd knows you well, and there must be quite a level of trust. Those guys have their horns!! I’m wondering if any of the animals ever get stuck in the mud, and if the constant wet mud on their legs poses any problems. ~Jane

    • The cattle get stuck in the mud as often as I do, which is not often, and like me, they manage to extricate themselves when the mud grabs their legs and hooves. The cattle don’t have problems with their legs or hooves because they spend a lot of time standing in water.

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