We'd like to share some recent success stories from our Estate Rangers Rob, Rhianna and Darren! 🙌🏻
Bog Stitchwort, Bog Pimpernel and Ragged Robin...no we aren't talking magical creatures from Harry Potter but our wonderful wetland species! A few years back they were lost from the Higher Moors and Porth Hellick Pool SSSI sites due to drying out of the wetlands...yet these species were the very reason for which the sites were designated in the first place! 😱
Over the past 6 years our Rangers have implemented a programme of rotational reed cutting; removal of encroaching willow and rotational coppicing and pollarding of the wet woodland...the combination of which has enabled the water levels of this previously parched site to increase once more allowing wetland species to flourish! 🙌🏻
The reduced dominance of Common Reed, increased variation of habitat and exposure of the underlying seedbed has seen the return of Bog Pimpernel (last recorded at Higher Moors in 1952!) and of Bog Stitchwort (last recorded in 2002!), as well as a 5000% increase in Ragged Robin since 2015! 💚💚💚

Bog Stitchwort                                                              Ragged Robin

We're also pleased to share our success with Spring Squill and other coastal grassland wild flowers,thriving in areas which are being actively managed by the team: 

Here's a short film to explain

Spring Squill