Well until now I have been silent on the matter, but with the addition of rabbit I feel I must squeak.
The current members that dine on my work are, Mouse, Rat, Mole, Deer, Rabbit, Pheasant, Blackbird, Thrush, Wasp and various colour (White, Grey, Green, Black) of Fly, Butterfly (White .... )
Giant Hogweed, Japanese Knotweed Himalayan Balsam, and Ragwort
(in that order)
To form, so far the amount removed is less than last year. There are two anomalies however: a) 3 in the flood plain and b) 5 in the far western ditch.
Updated 11th June
Two more in flood plain. That's 3 in the northern field and 2 in the southern.
In the first two years I dug out the roots, since then I only pull up as much as comes easy, apart from any obvious root rhizomes/crowns. Looking a lot better over the years.
Updated: 14th July 2011
Unless otherwise stated all plants are pulled by hand.
Sites 3 and 6
26th/27th June: Cleared sites 3 and 6. Total of 5 bags of weed.
Removal is working well as the seeds are only viable for a year or two. Once an area is cleared well, even by slashing, the next year pulling by hand maybe sufficient.
See Page 2 for updates.
This is the updated map from last year which includes the area slashed (G)
Cleared (A and B). Only got half a bag weed. As the ferns are high I expect many are unnoticed and will pop up over the next few weeks and more.
Cleared (A, B, D, E and F)
Cleared (A, B, D, E and F)
Cleared (A, B, C, D, E and F)
Also pulled some from new area G. A small area in the field to the south of Site 1 always gets done but needs mentioning as it could be a problem if neglected.
Found young deer, dead, in path to the far fields. Moved it to high stone road for dispersal.
Will make new maps for plans of areas. I showing larger are for location and two for detailed identification. Area 1.1 being before Riverland and area 1.2 being part of Riverland
Went over with Gavin, primarily to start clearing Part G. It was better than last year, especially where the track between the upper nd lower field crosses the drain on the lower side.
Cleared same area as 29th above. Pulled a few that were missed. Chopped a few that were not really cut. Cut back a few regrowths and all stems that seemed a bit too proud. Also cut to the north a bit more, Reaching now about 20m from the bridge across the ditch.
Still have to work on it south of a line level with the entrance track.
Cleared most of parts B and E
Cleared all of parts A, B and E
Cleared all of parts A, C and D
Cleared part F, and half of part G
Page 1: This page. Intro to sites 1 to 6
Page 2: More on sites 3 and 6 (Merged)
Page 3: Ragwort
Well not so for the rabbits. I have noticed rabbit droppings twice over the last year, so was wondering if the foxes had done a bunk. Then, this morning, whilst keeping an early eye out for the deer, some creature flashed across the veggie patch. Too big and fast for a squirrel, too fast for a badger. Not a cat or a dog, not that there are any around so maybe de Fox is back on de plot. Now I'm feeling bad about the rabbits ????
April 16th 2012
Better late than never. I have to apologise 'maybe' to the rabbits as the poo is from the deer. So now I'm fencing myself in.