Summer Bracken Cuts ~ 2016

Thursday 9th June 2016

Rangers cutting between the Memorial Trees ~ © BareFoot PhotographerRangers cutting between the Memorial Trees ~ © BareFoot Photographer

Each year the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust embarks on a programme of Bracken (Fern) cuts across the Islands; for more information regarding this years' work please read on!

Although some Bracken is good it is a very dominant plant and, if not controlled, it will take over the landscape; suffocating many of our other wildflowers which are not as fast growing. Throughout Scilly's history Bracken has been used by locals in various ways; i.e animal bedding, fuel, packing materials, but as this now happens less and less the way that Bracken is managed also needs to change. 

The best time to cut and weaken Bracken is between June & August, when it is in full growth; over time as the Bracken is weakened less cutting should be required.

We always carry out a survey prior to cutting to ensure that there are no breeding birds which could be effected.

We will never remove all of the Bracken; we wouldn't want to as it is a part of the ecosystem and small pockets can provide shelter for some species.

We are trying to ensure that this information reaches as many people as possible and will be asking our Off-Island Trustees and Business Partners to distribute the information via email to residents; we will also try to ensure key locations have the information in hard copy to display as well.

Please feel free to share this link with individuals/businesses to ensure widest coverage on the Islands in question.

St Martin's

Next week the Ranger Team will be on St Martin's making a start on this seasons Bracken cuts.

This map shows the areas that they will be focusing on; some areas cross paths used by pedestrians and vehicles but access should not be restricted.

Bryher

Towards the end of June, beginning of July the Ranger Team plan to be on Bryher making a start on this seasons Bracken cuts.

This map shows the areas that they will be focussing on; some areas cross or run near to paths used by pedestrians but access should not be restricted.

 

St Agnes

 

Towards the end of June the Ranger Team plan to be on St Agnes making a start on this seasons Bracken cuts.

These maps shows the areas around Browarth, Castella Down & Wingletang that they will be focusing on; some areas cross or run near to paths used by pedestrians but access should not be restricted.  

Gugh

Towards the end of June the Ranger Team plan to be on Gugh making a start on this seasons Bracken cuts.

This map shows the areas on Gugh that they will be focusing on; some areas cross or run near to paths used by pedestrians but access should not be restricted.  

If you come across the Rangers cutting it is likely that they will not hear you; please ensure that they are aware of your presence if you are passing close by so that they can stop machinery if necessary.

If you have any queries or concerns regarding the Bracken cuts please do not hesitate to contact us or stop and speak to the Rangers when you see them.

In addition to this we will endeavour to stay on top of path clearances this summer. If you know of anywhere that is in need of attention please let us know; if it's on our tenancy we will ensure it's added to the list of things to do and if it's not we will let the relevant individual know.

Many thanks for your continued support!

 

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