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Two visits to Tidenham Chase!




15 October 2015

Tidenham Chase GWT Nature Reserve

Grid Ref ST558992


This was our first Thursday outing to try and increase our visits to Tidenham Chase as there is a great area of heathland to clear. As usual, it was the birch that needed cutting and burning. It is such a lovely site and a very satisfying job to do when we look over the cleared area at the end of the day!







Happy team mates pausing for a while!





This old stump is covered with Lichen.

Lichens absorb water and minerals from rainwater and directly from the atmosphere, over their entire surface area. This makes them extremely sensitive to atmospheric pollution. A good look at these lichens will give an indication of how good the air quality is locally.

One of the more bizarre uses of lichens from the past is as packing material for ancient Egyptian mummies!





Our task today was all around this pretty little pond. There was strong evidence of the Highland Cattle using this pond regularly.




20 October 2015

Tidenham Chase GWT Nature Reserve

Grid Ref ST558992


Following on from last Thursday, we were back again on our usual Tuesday and were blessed with a magnificent sunny, warm day which, apart from the wildlife, brought out lots of aeroplanes, helicopters and an air balloon in the sky! Most of us had bit of a problem getting there though as the police had closed the road just past St Briavels due to a lorry being on it’s side (how does that happen?) and we were diverted round the single track lanes to Hewelsfield. There was lots of stopping and reversing for oncoming vehicles but we all made it!






The extent of the birch clearance required can be seen.





We needed this break as we were very warm in the sunshine.





There is some dispute between us as to how big an area we can clear in a day - maybe, not quite a hectare? - maybe, 2 acres? - it must be more than an acre, surely?

Mathematical debate in both yards and metres still persists!

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