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Forest of Dean

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The afternoon produced more of the heavy rain from a ferocious winter storm sweeping the country during this week.

It may look like there is still a lot of gorse here but, in fact, these are piles of cut gorse which will be left to rot down.

11 March 2008

The dense shrub will be cleared to allow heathland plants, including low growing heather, to grow.

The heathland is now more recognisable and the pool is in the distance.

 

Wigpool FC/GWT Reserve

Grid Ref SO653193

 

Wigpool reserve, with Pit House Pool and Bog nearby, are remnants of the acidic bog and heathland that once covered most of Wigpool Common. The pool, records of which have been traced back to 1282, was until recently in an area of open heath and bog with a few standard Beech trees. We are now attempting to restore this heathland by clearing the Alder, Grey Willow, Birch and Gorse. Species found on this site are Marsh Pennywort, Lesser Spearwort, Marsh Speedwell, Common Marsh-bedstraw, Floating Sweet-grass and numerous sedges. The pool is a good breeding ground for common frogs and Palmate and Smooth Newts.

We were especially clearing an area where Bog Asphodel is known to grow. These flowers appear between July and September after which the whole plant takes on a warm orange hue before dying back over winter. It was once thought that cattle grazing on this plant suffered from brittle bones and this is reflected in the plants Latin name of ossifragum, meaning 'bone breaker'. In fact the lack of calcium in bog plants as a whole would have lead to nutrient deficiencies in those cattle that grazed there.

Bog Asphodel

 

 

 

Wigpool Heath

Overgrown Heath

Heavy Rain!

 

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