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dpack



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 17, 22 2:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Hard fern
Blechnum spicant

dpack



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 17, 22 4:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

oops the photo i posted was the reject rather than the crisp one that looks like the one in the id guide:lol:

hey ho, i have learnt how to name a fern

hard does make sense as the edges of the leaflet things are smooth rather than feathery

fern guide was helpful

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 18, 22 10:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Thanks for that guide Dpack. We have Harts Tongue Fern, Broad buckler fern, and a variation of it, Intermediate Polypody, Male fern, and bracken in the woods.

sgt.colon



Joined: 27 Jul 2009
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Location: Just south of north.
PostPosted: Fri Nov 18, 22 11:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Thanks DPack.

It's a shame it wasn't more in the public eye back in the 70's, we might have been in a better position now. I think I only really knew about it sometime in the late 90's.

Were you trying to down a rabbit with the acorns?

dpack



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 18, 22 1:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

no bunnies, the last hares and larks went when the dairy farm hay fields changed post 1968 FaM and rather than a traditional "by hand"hay cut in august a change to a for cash crop with a mower in early june

too many dogs for bunnies now, and there are few in the entire area, i cannot think of a rabbit rich place within 10 miles of my little forest
even "bunny wood" has no bunnies

thinking about it, it is one of the most bunnylite places i have known well with a history of at least a few bunnies in the past
there were a few, last one i saw, or saw sign of, was the one flushed by my foster greyhound about 30yrs ago

when i was a kid the pet hutch bunnies of pals did get visits from wild ones(more bunnyporn than watership down)
not seen any trace in a long time

not much sigh of grey squizzers either, 25 yrs ago there were quite a few at the top of the clough

plenty of scope for raptors and owls on the vertical bits

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 19, 22 10:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Rabbits have reduced a lot over the last 20 years since we had the woods. I think there have been several diseases; myxy and a hemorrhagic disease which has virtually wiped them out. We have seen a few this year after virtually no sightings for years. Raptors have increased over that time as well. We do get hares though. As for grey squirrels, we still have too many of them. They fight back with raptors, unlike rabbits.

dpack



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 19, 22 12:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

the auger awaits a proper sharpening and the poison is made for the job, it even has it's own squirter to fill the holes

that will be a spring mission, if i plan it well i might do a couple of days with a sly hammock bivvy(slopes are fine if you have trees and a hammock)
moider a few misplaced things, make some notes and take some hi res snaps
as it seems to be working, recording how it was done and what stage it is at might help those with similar opportunities or problems

getting permissions to re wildwood "wasteland" is a nightmare and can be counterproductive if somebody realizes they "own" some bit of land that has a potential"value"

25 fruit trees 3 yrs or so and several hundred hours of diplomacy etc
another 3 acres of mixed forest, a few days planning and 3 hrs chucking stuff in the rain

vector for seeds is queen(so is poison if required)

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