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31 October 2023

Edgehills GWT Reserve

Grid Ref SO662158

The team returned to Edgehills GWT Reserve which is a relic of the wet heathland that was once more common in the Forest of Dean.



The team was spread out over a fairly wide area cutting any scrub birch or small conifers that had regenerated. We were able to have a fire to burn the material that we removed. Although there was some rain the sun came out in time for us to enjoy our lunch in relatively warm sunshine.



This is Sphagnum moss which plays a vital role in the creation of peat bogs. By storing water in their spongy forms they prevent the decay of dead plant material and eventually form peat. They can soak up more than eight times their own weight in water.