On Saturday 2nd July two hardy volunteers plus two NLP seasonal rangers plus Rory headed out for a day of bracken bashing in the newest of the NLP Future Forests tree exclosures in Glen Nevis. This exclosure was chosen as it has the most recently planted trees and many are still being shaded out by the stands of bracken. It was a typical West Highlands 'soft' conditions: mild, with intermittent light rain and drizzle but thankfully an occasional breeze to keep the midges at bay for most of the time...well maybe! It was a productive day with the bulk of the bracken beaten / cut down around planted trees. As well as planted trees there were plenty of regenerating seedlings in places, mostly birch and rowan but also some sessile oak. Most show evidence of previous herbivore browsing but the protection of the deer fence has allowed them to get away. We came across numerous moths as well, including the two gorgeous Large Emeralds pictured above.
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