Saturday, 23 December 2017

On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love sent to me...

...11 bags for brashing,


One of the first stages in the bare peat re-vegetation process carried out by Moors for the Future Partnership, is to spread chopped heather - known as 'brash' - on to the peat surface. After being flown to site by helicopter in one tonne bags (such as those pictured), the brash is spread by hand to form a lattice over the surface. The contents of each bag should cover about 50 square metres when spread. The brash forms a barrier to reduce erosion from weather, and also contains the seeds of heather and any other plants present when it was cut, plus moss fragments and spores. The brash layer is crucial in stabilising the peat surface. Without it, seeds would be washed away before they had chance to germinate.

 10 geese migrating,



9 plants a-pluggin',



8 Sphagna growing,



7 sites now set up,




6 leaves a-prickling,



5 red deer!



4 hare prints,



3 lizards,




2 mating toads,


and a bilberry bumblebee!


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