Monday, 16 July 2007

Wapley Bushes - a very special place

A recent survey by experts has confirmed just how special the Lower Meadow at Wapley is. Its wide range of species puts it in the national top grade of grassland - in fact it's SSSI standard (Site of Special Scientific Interest). It will not be officially declared as an SSSI because that is only done if a site is at risk. One species that has been recorded officially for the first time is the Bee Orchid (though it has been seen occasionally in previous years).

Paul Hulbert, a member of the Wapley Bushes Conservation Group, said “This is great news, and confirms that our management plan is working”.

“However, some local people have asked why the Lower Meadow has been cut earlier than usual. This is based on expert advice to stop the spread of meadowsweet and other invasive plants. It's a compromise - some of the valuable species have only partly set seed, but they could be in danger of being strangled”.

The next Wapley work morning will be on Sunday 2 September – for further details contact Paul Hulbert on 01454 315851 or Isabel Ryan on 01454 313055.

Wapley Bushes also has its own blog (online diary) with lots of photos of the reserve – see

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