Autumn is a’coming in, Kenfig tra la la la laaa!

 
 
At Kenfig we are well into our brief mowing season that needs to be carried out after flowers have set seed but before the site floods. This is Long Pool Slack taken at the start of cutting work on Saturday 1 October. The reserve’s Ford tractor and ‘Perfect’ heavy duty flail mower leaves a surprisingly neat cut. A different mower/collector made by Wessex picks up the cuttings. The warm windy weather was ideal for this work and collection of cuttings was completed on Monday. Mowing like this has proved to be an effective method of keeping the habitat in good condition, holding back plant succession and allowing rare plants to persist.
 
The name suggests Long Pool Slack is prone to flooding. This is a picture of the same slack during winter when the water table is higher. On this occasion the water was frozen after a hard frost.
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