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12 Mar 2024

East Hill, Milborne Port - bramble and thorn scrub management

East Hill, Milborne Port

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. This will be our third visit of this autumn/winter season. We shall continue to open up the public footpath and the slopes above it, clearing the blackthorn and bramble scrub from the areas towards the southern end where the Marsh Fritillaries and other scarce species flourish.

We are also going to prepare the fences, hedges and gates for the arrival of the 4 ponies that are going to graze the site for a few weeks to reduce the coarse grasses there – it was last grazed in 2009 from what we gather!
We got on really well in November and in January and are aiming to get as much done as possible this time so the more volunteers we can get, the better! 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 chainsaw and brushcutter work so if you are a trained operator, please bring your PPE.