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25 Jun 2024

East Hill, Milborne Port - bramble and thorn scrub management

East Hill, Milborne Port

drone photo courtesy of Andrew Stirling

East Hill is a fabulously biodiverse stretch of land above Milborne Port with some rare butterfly species, but it is being rapidly encroached by bramble, gorse and thorn. We now have our 4 ponies grazing the slopes (the first grazing animals there since 2009 apparently!). They are doing very well and their grazing has exposed a lot of small isolated scrub, hawthorn, field maple, rose and bramble, which it is now easy to get at. Some of this we will do by hand, some of it with brushcutters,

Meet at 9am in the top laybys to walk down to the footpath onto the hill or park at the bottom and walk.

See the map for directions (click on link at the top of this notice) and park in one of the areas marked with a purple peg or park in Wheathill Lane opposite the school wildflower meadow and walk up.
Wear stout footwear, tough gloves and thorn proof clothes. Bring lunch and drinks – also bowsaw and/or loppers if you have them – otherwise we can supply all the necessary tools.There will be brushcutter work so if you are a trained operator, please bring your PPE.