Back onto Horsbere Reserve, this time in the Long Meadow past the pond
We were just too late to catch the ragwort last year before it seeded. But this year we plan to get to grips with it.
The flowers should be just about "out" at this time making identification easy.
The plants need to be pulled out taking as much root as possible. This won't get rid of it but it will slow it down so that other types of plants can establish.
The plants don't have particularly deep roots but they do have irritant foliage.
Under the Weeds Act 1959, landowners and occupiers are obliged to control ragwort in risk areas.
Ragwort contains the toxic compounds. Horses are particularly susceptible to ragwort poisoning, although other grazing animals are also at risk; it affects the liver, resulting in severe disease and in many cases death.
As part of the management plan for Horsbere - the aim is to introduce livestock - principally cattle, however the presence of Ragwort is currently holding this back.
CAUTION IRRITANT- Avoid contact with the plants as much as possible by using gloves and wearing long sleeves/trousers
Once more our efforts will be supervised by the ranger, Felicity, who will supply the tools needed. Do bring sturdy gloves if you can.
All normal Health and Safety rules will apply.
Dogs and children need to be kept under the control of their owner/guardian.
Children may be more susceptible to skin irritation. Cover them up or leave them behind.