A bit of rewilding on the flanks of Cosdon Hill?

When I was out on the moor on Saturday I took this series of photographs from Belstone Common looking over towards the north western flanks of Cosdon Hill.

This photo appears to show Belstone Cleave creeping up the valley and it also shows a lot of scattered trees / scrub moving onto the moor. Anyone know how the scrub at the top of the picture managed to get a foothold or has this area always been like?

This is the little valley called Lady Brook and this appears to be an example of what Matthew Kelly describes as ‘soft rewilding’, see here. Scrub appears to have regenerated along the stream and has created a rather good enhanced habitat. I suspect cuckoos might like this area? Lots of perches to look for meadow pipit nests from.

As you move south further onto the Common the vegetation becomes more uniform and the scrub is restricted to the occasional bushes growing amongst the clitter.

Seems a bit counter-intuitive – I would have thought the most intense grazing would be nearest to the settlements, in this case Belstone and Skaigh.

 

2 thoughts on “A bit of rewilding on the flanks of Cosdon Hill?

  1. Google Earth (the Windows application, not the website version) can be used to view historic satellite imagery back to the early 2000s. I had a quick look at the area shown here and while it doesn’t look like the vegetation has spread that much the clumps which were present in early images definitely look larger and more clearly defined in recent ones.

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