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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Wed 12th Aug 2015 - Barncourt Farm, Redhill Lane, Wroxall. GG # 597.

Sue's Photographs.

A wall of pink...

Getting stuck in.

Violet Ground Beetle (Carabus Violaceus)

The dreaded HB - close up.

Just one pile of pulled HB.

And….at the end….try and spot a pinkie!
Carrie's Photographs.

Not a trick camera shot….they really do grow this BIG…!

Our recent run of GG sessions in the Ventnor area continued with a return visit to deal with the Himalayan Balsam problem in the fields adjacent to the IoW Donkey Sanctuary. Having parked up in the field almost opposite the farm, it was a short trek along Redhill Lane to find the venue. Once we had climbed the stile into the field it became apparent that we had our work cut out - huge areas of the dreaded pink flowers were distributed across the entire field! Undaunted, Team GG set about pulling as much of the HB as possible, thereby reducing the chance of it reseeding and causing us ongoing problems in future years. Due to the good turn-out, we made significant progress and there was a lot less pink visible by the end of the session. Considering the weather warnings, forecasting heavy rain later in the day, we were lucky to have some sun. Mark assures us that we have now completed the pesky plant pulling for this year (Hip hip hooray!!!) so we will soon be back to the wheel barrows and crushed limestone? Watch this space……
Many thanks to the owners of Barncourt Farm for allowing us to park in their field.

Many thanks to Sue and Carrie for the photographs this week.

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