It is a busy time of year at the Long Mynd at the moment, so over the past few months we have been going over to help out with some bracken cutting.
The tractor is fitted with a flail mower, powered from the PTO. Twin wheels are also fitted to stabilise the tractor for safety and they allow us to cut bracken on the steeper slopes. The amount of bracken cut was measured using a GPS device and then the data was transferred onto a computer for the records. We cut about 40 hectares every year.
|A beautiful view from Minton.|
The rangers also spray the bracken with a chemical to try to slow the spread of it across the hill. They can only do this when the weather conditions are right; with a low wind speed and when the forecast for the week is dry.