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19 November 2019

Clearwell Meend

Grid Ref SO580081

This was an annual clear up of the limestone escarpment at Clearwell Meend. The contractors had been in early to strim the grass and bracken so our team followed behind them with rakes to take off the cuttings. The limestone flora, especially the wild orchids, benefit from this process. Some of the team attacked the fast growing willow around the ponds at the top of the hill.

Taking back the bracken encroachment.

We found masses of wild violets under the bracken.

The ponds at the top of the hill need attention every year as the willow and alder grow in them up to 12 feet high in a year!

Trooping Funnel Fungi (Clitocybe geotropa)

A common mushroom found in mixed woodland, especially clearings and roadsides. They mainly grows in troops or rings but can be found individually. One fairy ring in France measured half a mile across and is estimated to be 800 years old.

This is a fairy ring of them currently on Haresfield Beacon