Friday, August 10, 2007

Flowers at The Magdalene Hill Down Nature Reserve

Some more photos from Yesterday's trip to the Nature Reserve.In all there are about 100 acres in the reserve,divided into three areas. before Butterfly Conservation took over the management of the area, the site had been invaded by scrubland and many of the flowers and butterflies were threatened with extinction in the area. To control the scrub and to keep the flower-rich grassland in good condition, the reserve is rotationally grazed by livestock, so some of the site is divided into fenced paddocks. The gates are left open except for when there are animals grazing. The Conservation work is supported by a Higher Level Stewardship Scheme administered by Natural England

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