The Wilden Marsh Blog


Garlic Mustard produces allelochemicals, mainly in the form of the cyanide compounds allyl isothiocyanate and benzyl isothiocyanate, which suppress mycorrhizal fungi that most plants, including native forest trees, require for optimum growth.However, allelochemicals produced by Garlic Mustard do not affect mycorrhizal fungi from Garlic Mustard’s native range, indicating that this “novel weapon” in the invaded range explains Garlic Mustard’s success. Trampling encourages additional seed growth by disturbing the soil. SeedsĀ buried in the… Read More

Billy Bull was not with his cows when I walked through the riverside gate this afternoon; he was on guard duty at the top gate. He knows I use the top gate from the corral, so today I thought I would fool him. It took Billy about two minutes to realise I was amonst his girls. He ran down the ramp to investigate.

Billy Bull and his girls were working in the swamp this morning. The closest I got to interacting with him was over the northern corridor fence. He came over for a chat, but my grip on the cattle language is so loose that I couldn’t get the gist of what he was saying. I’m reasonably sure his body language was telling me to keep well away from his cows; his nifty footwork… Read More