Habitat management

Ragwort to seed

As mentioned in the last blog entry, a working party from the Friends of Wom Brook spent a productive morning last Saturday (5/9/09) removing Ragwort (see above photo) from the uncut triangle of ground leading from the Wom Brook up to the South Staffordshire Railway Walk.

Ragwort management

Once the yellow flowers disappear from the Ragwort and are replaced by airborne seeds, it is time to remove the plants, otherwise the plant spreads fairly prolifically, and a patch of ground can soon be overrun with the plant. Care needs to be taken by those engaged in such work as any sap from the plant is toxic, and can easily pass into the bloodstream via the skin.

The picture above shows some of the Friends group pulling the Ragwort from the ground.

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