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19 January 2010

Clearwell Meend

Grid Ref SO581087


The weather was a respite from the snowy conditions of late, although foggy to begin with, as the next day, the snow showers returned!. Some of the group helped to clear the ponds from the regrowth since our last visit nearly two years ago while a few of us went down to the limestone escarpment to clear the hawthorn, gorse and birch.

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.



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