Bracken

Invasive

High Priority

Bracken

Classified as invasive but actually just a thug! Grows on very tall stems across most of the Reserve, especially in spring and summer. Crowds out other heathland plants such as heathers and foxgloves. Needs to be cut down with slashers or scythes. Cut bracken should be raked into piles and left to decompose (and provide a home for wildlife during the winter).

Please be aware of the other fern species, such as the Shuttlecock Fern, that are on the Reserve. These should be left alone. If you are not sure of a particular plant please ask.