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The marshy areas are full of old rotting trees and need to be opened up to provide light for the smaller plants.

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04 March 2008

Fishing out an old tyre and rubbish from the pond. There was frog spawn in the pond which is the first frog spawn we have seen this year.

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This is called the Cradockstone and it marked the boundary between 2 of the 9 bailiwicks in the Forest of Dean. Bailiwicks were administrative areas into which the forest was divided during the 13th century. The meeting point here was the Staunton and Bearse bailiwicks. The name Cradock may come from Crad Oak - meaning gnarled oak. its thought the boundaries may have been marked by large oaks and were replaced by stones when the oaks died


Clearwell Meend

Grid Ref SO581087


The weather was glorious on our day at Clearwell Meend and we saw a pair of Sparrowhawks flying overhead. Most of the group helped to clear the ponds and marsh of willow and gorse while a few of us went down to the limestone escarpment to clear the gorse.

Clearwell Meend is 42 acres of bracken, gorse, heather,scrub/woodland,acid grassland,calcareous grassland, marsh and ponds. It lies mostly over drybrook sandstone and whitehead limestone on the western part. There are 89 species of plants including nationally scarce and locally important autumn gentian and lousewort. Other notable plants are harebells,autumn lady's- tresses,carline thistle,salad burnett. There are glow-worms on this site and until recently small pearl-bordered fritillary butterflies.




The Cradockstone

Clearwell Meend



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