Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Surveys at Whittle

The grazing at the Whittle aqueduct has been a little experimental. last year a length of this site was grazed until June giving a late flush of flowers. We returned to survey the site and see what was the result of this late grazing and to compare it with the more conventinally spring and autumn grazed section. The diversity of plants on the site was certainly impressive, over 20 species in some of the quadrats. However, the area grazed late last year did seem to be a little more grass dominated, a huge range of species were to be seen but the grass was quite lush in comparison. We need to continue the work and surveys to assess this more fully.