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26 February 2013

Edgehills Bog GWT Nature Reserve

Grid Ref SO660154


The day was cold and foggy but a large team continued with the small birch cutiing and herbicide application. We have just heard that the area of this forest at Edgehills which is now managed by the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust is to increase from less than a hectare to 20.8 hectares! This is an enormous increase for us and needs careful management. We will need to find out how far the area spreads to and exactly what the plans will be from GWT. At the moment, we have been returning the top of edgehills to heathland.which has been progressing well.







Small birch continues to invade the area and needs removing.





We leave the larger trees and some Oak and Holly as well as the small gorse. There are good signs of the heather spreading.


  • Size: between blackbird-pigeon
  • Feather colours: brown, black, white, cream/buff
  • Beak colours: black/dark grey, brown/buff
  • Beak length: long
  • Beak thickness: long
  • Leg colour: brown, green, yellow
  • Behaviour: part of flock, on ground, bird walks/runs on the ground





Two of the team are convinced they saw a Snipe (Gallinago gallinago)

fly off the heathland.

Snipe are medium sized, skulking wading birds with short legs and long straight bills. Both sexes are mottled brown above, with paler buff stripes on the back, dark streaks on the chest and pale under parts. They are widespread as a breeding species in the UK, with particularly high densities on northern uplands but lower numbers in southern lowlands (especially south west England). In winter, birds from northern Europe join resident birds. The UK population of snipe has undergone moderate declines overall in the past twenty-five years, with particularly steep declines in lowland wet grassland, making it an RSPB Amber List species.

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