Make hay while the sun shines

After heavy downpours through the night we were relieved to work under glorious sunshine the next day at Lundy Bay. With the help of our band of volunteers we raked up all the grass that we had been cutting recently as part of our nature conservation management at this wildlife rich site near Polzeath. Each late summer the vegetation in the meadows and glades is cut down after the majority of flowers have set seed. By raking up and removing the cut material from the ground, it prevents the grassland becoming over-enriched as it composts down. By reducing nutrients this way the habitat is opened up for a diverse range of species rather than aggressive ones taking over and shading out some of the more delicate plants and flowers. With the added bonus of coming face to face with some of the local wildlife and enjoying a picnic ploughman’s lunch to thank our volunteers for their efforts, an enjoyable day was had by all. Check our other North Cornwall events and volunteer days and join us next time.

Mike – Lead ranger

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