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3 and 10 October 2017

Tidenham Chase GWT Nature Reserve

Grid Ref ST558992

 

3 Oct - Tidenham Chase was last visited in January and is a regular site for us as the birch continues to smother the heathland every year. We were working in an area which we had last done about 4 years ago so the four year growth was relatively easy to cut, burn and herbicide spray on the stumps. It was a beautiful autumn day and the Exmor ponies came to see us.

10 Oct - What a difference a week makes at this time of year! Today, we were soaked to the skin by a constant drizzle which was supposed to have cleared up by the time we started. However, nothing daunted, we made more progress taking down another huge swathe of well grown birch and managed to dry off a bit by the fires.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The smoky fire is being loaded up with the cuttings and eventually got hot enough tho burn straight through without much smoke.

 

 

 

 

There are seven Exmoor ponies on the heath and they are all looking very healthy with their winter coats just starting to grow.

There is a new Exmoor called Woody who is lighter in colour and he is only about 2 years old. He is still finding his place in the herd and stands back when he's not sure of things.

 

 

 

 

Regular members taking a break!

 

 

 

 

10 October

Working our way through the birch!

 

 

 

 

10 October

The Exmoor ponies do very well on the heathland and there is a large flock of sheep graxing here as well.