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27 March 2018

Plump Hill

Grid Ref SO660168



This week, we did some very positive and constructive work on the top of Plump Hill as we were building a brush hedge in an effort to keep the boar out! This site is notable for the abundance of Autumn Ladies Tresses and the churning up of the grassland would disturb their flowering.

Once accurately described as curious little plants, Autumn Ladies Tresses (Spiranthes Autumnalis) white flowers, splashed with pale greenish-yellow, are arranged spirally in a single row up the stem. The name is a bit of a misnomer, for the flowering season starts in August and goes through to September, and is largely over by the time autumn properly arrives. Autumn Ladies Tresses favour areas of old, dry grasslands, and need a short sward in which to grow. These attractive plants can sometimes be seen in abundance, but do not always appear annually.





The swathe of grassland on the hill can be clearly seen to be well dug over by the boar.The area is regularly strimmed to keep the grass short.





We cut brush and gorse from the surrounding area and made stakes from the larger stems. We tumped them in pairs as we were going to fill the inside with the brush.







At the end of the day, a good barrier had been erected right across the top of the site. This should deter the boar but, if not, wire fencing will be attached.

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