CROW (Conserve Reading on Wednesdays)
Wednesday, 30th March 2011
Hosehill Nature Reserve, Theale ~ Scrub clearance
At sites such as Hosehill there is a constant need for management if the correct balance is to be maintained between scrub and open areas to encourage butterflies. Without this management the scrub would take over and in the case of Hosehill, the site would ultimately revert to ash woodland.
However having cleared the scrub how do you dispose of the resultant brash? Habitat piles and similar are probably ideal but when their number becomes excessive and start to clutter the site, a bonfire seems to be the next best choice and is generally popular with volunteers.
Team for the day: Judith O, Judith Q, Mary, Alan, Barry, Dave, John and Mike.