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I have not gone into any great detail in this blog, about the variety of Wilden Marsh fauna; so, whilst relaxing in the midday heat of a bar at the port of Paphos, with a few pints of beer to sustain me, I will attempt correct my oversight.  One of the main considerations leading to Wilden Marsh being designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) is the nationally important populations of… Read More

Walking through Hoo Brook Pasture yesterday I shot this image with my iPhone camera. The cattle worked this pasture in May and the first week of June this year, and similarly last year. For many years the growing season produced swathes of willow and alder scrub, 2.5 metres high Himalayan balsam, thistles, nettles and a sea of ragwort in this area. Three years ago, this pasture was Hoo Brook Wood. The cattle ate… Read More

This is Impatiens capensis, also called spotted touch-me-not, or orange balsam, and it exists on the Wilden Marsh island. This plant was transported  to England, France, the Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, Finland, and potentially other areas of northern and central Europe in the 19th and 20th centuries, and is native to North America. Orange balsam is a traditional remedy for skin rashes. Orange balsam is a naturalised invasive species which has no conservation value… Read More

I guess a few out there looking into the ends of their internet cables at my world, would prefer to watch paint dry than another cow video. Believe me, I do understand and I do sympathise! However, the cattle are such a valuable Wilden Marsh resource that I think they are due a little well deserved recognition for the excellent contribution they make to the general health of the marsh. I think there are many… Read More

We’re goin’ on a cattle hunt We’re going to catch a big one, I’m not scared What a beautiful day! Uh-uh! Grass! Long wavy grass. We can’t go over it. We can’t go under it. Oh no! We’ve got to go through it! Swishy swashy! Swishy swashy! Swishy swashy!