Flanders Moss NNR
The wildflower meadow has now had its short back and sides. Every autumn we cut and rake the meadow to remove this years growth of grass. By doing this it means that the thatch of dead plant material that accumulates by spring doesn’t swamp next years growth. Instead the seeds and seedlings can take advantage of the gaps created in the sward to grow. So by doing this annual management the wildflowers will spread and the meadow will get more colourful each year.
To help us Neil Mitchell, Reserve Manager for Loch Leven NNR, and his merry band of volunteers brought their cutting machine and a lot of rakes. Once the grass was cut we set-to to rake up the cut materials and pile it up at the side of the site. I am already looking forward to next spring and summer and seeing how the meadow develops.