The herd has been slow getting to grips with the very wet Rhombus Field over the past week. I wondered if strip grazing the west side and mid to south end with the aid of an electric fence might be the answer. I want the meadowsweet, in particular, and other vegetation growing along the drier west side hard grazed, and an overall reduction in the cover on the mid and south areas of the field, leaving the reed grass, yellow iris… Read More
When Waynetta wants to make a point, there is no stopping her.
Wilden Marsh Nature Reserve on 1st April 2017; the meteorological first day of spring. To save and mark the day I consider as being the start of the annual growing season, and to help me draw comparisons with the same day next year and, hopefully, many years to come, I’ve made this video of the ground conditions along the full length of the marsh – north to south. I have not included… Read More
The cattle have stood about twiddling their hooves in the Top Field, doing nothing constructive, and complaining a lot; they were getting physical with each other, too. So this morning I took them to the South Riverside Pasture for a couple of days holiday. I left some grazing in the North Pasture, so I might move them there on Thursday. At least they have stopped moaning now.
I’m looking at Wilden Marsh hydrology in an attempt to achieve more effective control of the marsh water levels throughout the year. One of our aims is to attract breeding wading birds. Wading birds like muddy marginal areas around water bodies to feed in, and to breed they like very particular ground conditions. We have heron, lapwing, snipe, curlew and red shank on the marsh, and these breed between mid March and mid July. Raised water levels are… Read More