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Visit to Ranscombe Farm

05 August, Rochester

A South East Section event visited Plantlife's Ranscombe Farm on a stormy day in August.  A guided walk was led by Plantlife's Richard Moyse around the nationally important reserve, which includes wild arable species, extensive ancient woodland and fragments of chalk grassland. 

All levels of membership attended to enjoy the walk with regular stops  to view the farmed conservation habitat areas, species of interest such as Anthemis cotula (Stinking Camomile) and Salvia Pratensis (Meadow Clary) and discuss how the fields and margins are managed for annual arable plants. 

Other areas explored were one of the green bridges and a planted woodland on trans-located ancient woodland soils, all part of the maturing High Speed 1 rail link mitigation measures which is now adjacent to the site.  It was well received by all despite the inclement weather.

Author: Liz Fagg, South East England Section Committee

 

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