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Otter Trust restores plant communities at Dickleburgh Moor

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Following the purchase of Dickleburgh Moor in 2016, The Otter Trust is working on restoring plant communities by translocating green hay from similar sites.

Trustee Ben Potterton said: “Work to restore the plant communities could take 10 years. However, early signs are looking promising as surveys have identified remnant populations. Our new ditches have also been colonised by specialist plants such as primitive stoneworts.”

They are now working to create dip wells to keep a record of water levels and monitor how plant communities change and develop across the site.

Ben Potterton, of the Otter Trust, at Dickleburgh Moor.
Ben Potterton, of the Otter Trust, at Dickleburgh Moor.

"Plants are always overlooked, but plant management is essential for a healthy ecosystem as our site is home to a variety of insects that have specific plant requirements," added Mr Potterton.

"Many of our breeding birds are reliant on our ability to regulate the meadow heights throughout the year."

The Trust holds monthly free walks around Dickleburgh Moor, the next one is on September 10 at 7pm.

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On Saturday, the Otter Trust will be giving a free lecture about wildflower conservation in south Norfolk and a demonstration of green hay seeding at the Farm and Garden Fair at Earsham Wetland Centre, Old Harleston Road, Earsham.

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