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4 November 2014

Greathough Brook, Piano Corner

Grid Ref SO621154


We last went to Piano Corner 4 years ago so the high banks were really in need of clearance in order to maintain the environment for the Wood White butterfly. The conservation status of this butterfly is that despite relatively short-term increases, the long-term view is that this butterfly is in decline and is therefore a priority species for conservation efforts. This butterfly has suffered due to a change in woodland management and, in particular, the reduction in coppicing that allows new woodland clearings to develop that provides the conditions suitable for this species. Suitable habitat is characterised as being warm, sheltered and damp, where both larval foodplants and nectar sources are in abundance. Foodplants include various vetches and trefoils. Nectar sources include a variety of flowers, favourites being Bramble, Bugle, Ragged Robin and Birds-foot Trefoil.


The image on the left is of the fallen debris masking the entrance to an old mine shaft.
It is difficult to find the name of this shaft but it would probably be included in the Lydbrook Gales.

On the right is the exposed shaft after clearance.
It used to be a recognisable mine entrance until a few years ago when it was filled in.








Intrepid members of the team can be seen scrambling up the steep bank to cut back the birch and gorse. It looks as precarious as it was!

However, no one slipped back down and the task was completed in the pouring rain.





From the top of the steep bank, the view down to the fire shows how high we went.

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