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29 November 2016

Edgehillss Bog GWT Nature Reserve

Grid Ref SO660154

 

 

Although it was a freezing cold day, the sun was glorious. A large team were busy clearing another area of the birch jungle! We also took down a lot of very leggy gorse and some of this will re-grow which will benefit the Exmoor ponies living on the site as they do eat gorse especially if it is young and relatively tender.

 

 

 

 

 

At the start of the day, the team are contemplating the birch ahead of them!

All the brush from the cuttings were burnt on fires.

 

 

 

 

We found this Roe Deer skull.

Roe deer are native to Britain, having been here since before the Mesolithic period (6,000 to 10,000 years ago). Forest clearance and over-hunting led to their extinction in England by 1800 but they remained in wooded patches in Scotland. Several reintroductions during Victorian times, and their subsequent natural spread, aided by an increase in woodland and forest planting in the 20th century, has meant that roe deer are abundant today.

 

 

 

 

 

The area is cleared.

The 7 Exmoor ponies came to see us just after lunchtime as they were curious to know what we were doing! They have a large area to roam in so, sometimes, they are not seen.

 

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