Tuesday, 16 October 2012
Grassland at Filnore Woods
The grass has been mown, baled and carted away. This is essential to maintain the grassland at Filnore as a habitat for wild flowers and for all the insects that flourish on them.
On very fertile land, grass and more vigorous plants crowd out the smaller more interesting plants. Removing the grass helps to reduce the fertility slightly. Not so productive from an agricultural pont of view but of course silage production is not what we are aiming at here. Our aim is to increase the abundance and variety of wild flowers and invertebrates.
You can just make out the tower of St Mary's Church behind some trees in the centre of the picture, and Oldbury power station in the middle distance on the left.