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9 September 2014

Tidenham Chase GWT Nature Reserve

Grid Ref ST558992



Tidenham Chase Park and Poors Allotment which are each over 30 hectares in size are now being run as a Gloucester Wildlife Trust Nature Reserve. This is a major task as we wish to maintain or, rather, re-establish the area to natural heathland. We will be visiting this site quite a few times over the autumn and winter. We were working in groups of three to help ensure each stump is treated and brash cleared.- 1 person cut, 1 person treated the stump with herbicide and 1 person dragged the brash to the fire.

This is an incredibly daunting venture but the rewards are huge as under that birch is the heathland everyone has been wanting to see.





The first fire is lit and the herbicide buckets and gloves are ready for use.





The weather was fantastic as we are enjoying a beautiful late summer.

The team are having a break and needing to sit under the shade!





We must have cut 2-3 acres during the day and this pond had been totally hidden under the birch when we started.

Heaths are widespread worldwide but are fast disappearing and considered a rare habitat in Europe. In fact, there is more acreage to the rain forests in the world than there is to heathland!





Fly Agaric Fungus (Amanita muscaria) .

Under the birch we found masses of these mushrooms.

The Fly Agaric is a vibrantly colored toadstool mushroom, characterized by a bright red cap sprinkled with fluffy white spots. The cap may fade to an orange-red color and the white spots take on a yellowish tinge as they grow old. The stem has a bulbous base which tapers towards the cap. It is extremely poisonous and is not suited for consumption. The name Fly Agaric goes back to medieval times, when it was commonly used to kill flies, sprinkled with sugar or broken up in milk.

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