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Forest of Dean

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13 December 2011

Edgehills Bog Nature Reserve

Grid Ref SO660154

 

 

Even though the weather was threatening snow, a good team turned up to take down a lot of the small birch growing on this site and we cleared a large area until the snow showers became too intense.

Edgehills Bog is half a mile north of Cinderford, at the eastern edge of Haywood Plantation. The site, held by agreement with the Forestry Commission since 1987, lies along the crest of the eastern boundary ridge of the Forest of Dean, about 850ft. above sea level on Drybrook sandstone. The reserve is a relic of a once widespread habitat, for much of the large Edgehills Bog was enclosed and planted with Oak around 1780. Purple Moor-grass, Sphagnum moss and rushes dominate the wetter, boggy areas, along with Common Cotton-grass, Marsh Violet and Carnation Sedge. The drier parts contain Heather, Bilberry, Heath Milkwort, Lousewort, Sheep’s-bit and Heath Groundsel, indicating the acid soil conditions. Gorse, Foxglove and Bramble are also present, with Silver Birch scrub, Scots Pine and Larch spreading in from the adjacent woodland.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Edgehill Bog is a very large area and stretches for a long way across the horizon.

 

 

 

 

The team are cutting the birch and alder during a brief sunny spell.

 

 

 

 

 

This fungi was growing on an ancient tree stump

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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