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Habitat management news

By - William J Sutherland

If unmanaged, dykes within grazing marshes may virtually disappear, being reduced to faint depressions. Work by Steve Harris at Gressingham, Norfolk, shows that the dyke network may be re-created with positive results. A 360° tracked excavator was used to dig out dykes along their previous positions, as shown by remnant hollows and old photographs. A diverse flora has regenerated, including marginal species such as Leser Spearwort, Ranunculus flammula, Ragged-robin, Lychnis flos-cuculi, Greater Bird's-foot-trefoil, Lotus pendunculatus, Water Mint, Mentha aquatica, Fen Bedstraw, Galium uliginosum, Fleabane, Pulicaria dysenterica, and Marsh Thistle, Cirsium palustre, and aquatic species including Water Plantain, Alisma plantago-aquatica, Water Starworts, Callitriche spp., Broad-leaved Pondweed, Potamogeton natans, and Stonewort, Chara sp.

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"British Wildlife is the pulsating heart of the UK nature conservation movement."

Matthew Oates, National Trust

"The most important and informative publication on wildlife of our times"

Michael McCarthy, The Independent

"Packed with readable, thoughtful, up to date articles; written by ecologists and naturalists for ecologists and naturalists"

Nick Baker, Presenter and Naturalist