Folk walking along the coast path will have spotted some strange goings on in the undergrowth at Starney Bay yesterday. In fact, it was so strange that I ended up having shouted conversations with several people explaining what was going on.
Well, what WAS going on, I hear you ask? Volunteers Ernie, Dave and myself were carrying out a little bracken control. Being a conservation organisation we don't like to use chemical control where we can avoid it, so we were bashing the bracken using bamboo canes. Now, this is not just a strange method we have come up with, it is tried and tested. The idea is to damage the bracken as much as possible so that it has to expend a lot of energy healing rather than growing. We will aim to bash it twice a year, and after three years it should be gone. Its the same principle as using a tractor towed roller, or using cattle to trample the bracken. But, of course, neither of these two methods are going to work on the 45 degree slopes above Starney!
I must admit, it must have looked really rather comical to passers by - like people talking out their aggression on the undergrowth with their walking sticks in a Fawlty Towers kind of way. Ah well, a double whammy then, conservation work and entertainment all rolled into one!
Here's a couple of photos of Dave (top) and Ernie (bottom) to literally put you in the picture!