February 23, 2011
conservation volunteers step up fight against invasive plant
than 20 conservation volunteers gathered in Berrow this week to
help stop the spread of an invasive plant in the sand dunes.
Members of Berrow Conservation Group and Sedgemoor Conservation
Volunteers visited the nature reserve, as pictured, to remove
sea buckthorn plants during a day of conservation work.
Sedgemoor District Council's landscape officer, Janette Burton,
who led the work, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We were pleased
to have a good turnout of helpers who have removed a large quantity
of sea buckthorn."
recent years, the sea buckthorn has spread over half of the area
of the dunes, leading to the loss of large areas of grassland
habitat - hence the need for regular clean-ups.
"We want to encourage grassland species and wild flowers
to grow. Regularly removing the sea buckthorn does help them,"
added Mrs Burton.
Sea buckthorn thrives in coastal areas where there is salt spray
and sandy surroundings. Berrow Nature Reserve is owned and managed
by Sedgemoor District Council and is included within the Berrow
Dunes Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).
Pictured, above, are Chris and Richard Kirk from Berrow Conservation
Group at Sunday's conservation event, and, top, the full group