January 16th 2022 – The first reed cut

Each winter we try to cut and burn 2ha of reeds at South Milton Ley to promote new growth and prevent the build-up of leaf litter. We’re halfway there now after the 1st cut of the year thanks to a hardy bunch of volunteers! Unusually, the seaward end of the reedbed was dry enough to allow the reed cutting machine to access the area for the first time in over a decade. The SSSI conditions for the site do not allow us to remove the cut reeds and frequent flooding means composting them is not a practical option either. Bring on the pyromaniacs! A steady breeze and beautifully dry reeds meant that the whole process was over and done with by the early afternoon.

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