Bracken and rabbits on Pow Hill Heath, a mid altitude, (now becoming rare habitat), are causing damage to the heathland flora.
First it was the rampaging bracken at 5ft high which obliterated the heathland vegetation, but three years of bracken rolling, with a horse and roller, has proved effective and the bracken, although still present, is less vigorous. Now it is the rabbits that are causing problems nibbling the young heather plants before they can become established!
Operation small enclosure hopes to get one over on the nibblers!
Durham Wildlife Trust’s Heart of Durham Project works in partnership with Northumbrian Water
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