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Braye Common to be managed as a magnet for wildlife

Posted Fri 8th May 2015 at 11:24

Braye Common is to be managed in a new way aimed at enhancing the natural beauty of the area.

Braye Common is a semi-natural grassland richly covered by wildflowers such as yellow Buttercups, blue Pale Flax purple Cranesbills and pink Pyramidal Orchids - also attractive to butterflies and birds.

In previous years the grass has been cut frequently, in order to keep it relatively short.

In 2015 the States of Alderney, with support of the Alderney Wildlife Trust and Living Islands, is to trial a new management method. Cutting will be avoided during the main flowering season between April and June, to let local wildlife develop. A heavy cut will be carried out in July when most of the flowers have set their seed and two more cuts will be carried out during the rest of the year. Cutting needs to be done to actually conserve grassland. It prevents the overgrowth of dominant species, material accumulation and soil enrichment which encourages scrub encroachment


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