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17 November 2015

Foxes Bridge Bog

Grid Ref SO630122

We had a last minute diversion for those of us who preferred a more sheltered site by splitting the day between either Foxes Bridge Bog or Moseley Green. Storm Barney came over in the afternoon which brought an end to the day's work up on the hill at Foxes Bridge although the team at the more sheltered spot of Moseley Green soon gave up in the downpour! However, the team was equally split between the sites even though there were far fewer of us out on such a stormy day.

 

At Foxes Bridge Bog land our task was twofold in that we were pulling up small Oak to replant further to the side of the site and we were blocking off traversing ditches in order to stop the bog from drying out.

 

 

 

 

 

This is the expanse of the bog land which had been clear-felled of conifers 3 to 4 years ago. The little Oaks we were replanting would not flourish very well in the bog which is why we moved them over to the dryer land near to the existing large trees.

 

 

 

 

 

Walking across the bog land was quite treacherous and the ditch filling was an onerous task so a welcome break was very much needed!

 

 

 

 

Many different species of spaghnum moss covered the site and there are some species which are only thriving at this site in the whole of Gloucestershire which was why we blocked off some ditches to keep the bog land moist.

 

Moseley Green

Grid Ref SO637088

 

On the same day another group went out to Moseley Green and pruned Blackthorn on the butterfly transect as well as felling the weakest of two Oak trees to thin out a stand of five trees and thus let more light onto the forest floor and spring/pond. Brushcutters and rakes were busy on the main meadow to accentuate the transect line and reduce coarse grass to hopefully encourage sheep grazing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Morning ok - afternoon = wet, wet, wet!

 

 

 

 

 

A beautiful tree stump.

 

 

 

 

This Lichen is amazing!

It could be Usnea Lichen which is a genus of mostly pale grayish-green fruticose lichens that grow like leafless mini-shrubs or tassels anchored on bark or twigs. The genus is in the Parmeliaceae family. Members of the genus are commonly called tree's dandruff, woman's long hair, tree moss, old man's beard, or beard lichen. Like other lichens it is a symbiosis of a fungus and an alga.  

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