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CROW (Conserve Reading on Wednesdays)
Wednesday, 7th November 2018
Paices Wood Country Park, Aldermaston ~ Meadow raking and bay creation

The task started with the raking of mown vegetation from the open areas where butterflies such as the dingy skipper are to be found. Mowing and removing the summer's vegetation helps lower soil fertility to the benefit of the wildflowers and the butterflies which depend on them.

With the raking complete, we started to create a bay at the edge of an area of woodland initially taking out the smaller trees. The woodland is predominately willow and the aim to allow in more light and improve diversity. We will be returning to fell the larger trees and burn at least some of the brash.

Created: Friday, 9th November 2018
Photographs: Alan Stevens