Conservation Volunteering – Fen Cutting & Raking

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October 13, 2019 all-day
Lye Valley, Oxford
Lye Valley
Oxford Conservation Volunteers
Conservation Volunteering - Fen Cutting & Raking @ Lye Valley, Oxford | England | United Kingdom

Today is the first of two days work in Lye Valley, Headington. The early autumn cut of the both fens in the valley, the north fen and the south fen, is the major cut of the year. The balance in favour of the wild flowers on site is now so well established that clear cutting by machine might not be the best option. In which case we’ll be scything the fen ourselves and then raking it clear. And there’s usually work to do to keep the scrub on the boundaries in check. Ecologist and Lye Valley expert Judy Webb will be with us. See a selection of her photographs taken on site in the photo gallery. At the time of writing we’ll be working on the south fen today (that’s the fen by the golf course with no public access) but check the weekly email for confirmation. Make sure you’re on the OCV mailing list! Wellies recommended