Buckingham Railway Walk
Conservation Group



Glades

These are open areas cleared at intervals along the stretch of young woodland that dominates most of the walkway owned by Buckingham Town Council.

On the sunniest banks wildflowers and grasses are thriving and attracting a diverse range of wildlife.

Our intention is to encourage greater biodiversity. To help achieve this we carry out an annual cut and clear in early October.

This used to be a labour intensive task using scythes, however with a generous donation from the Buckingham Community Pantomime Group we were able to purchase a petrol driven brush cutter which makes the job alot easier. The cuttings are raked and added to nearby habitat piles. Brambles are kept in check, but some are left to provide food sources and nesting sites.

We have recently extended one of the larger glades by removing some ash and sycamore trees in the surrounding area. This has resulted in a swathe of open ground which will enable both insect and plant species to migrate to similar habitats.

Regular attention to these areas has resulted in dormant seed banks being revived and we have seen an increase in wildflowers and the return of some species that have not been seen for several years, Ploughman's Spikenard being such an example.

Similarly glades in the land owned by Aylesbury Vale District Council are cut and cleared annually by the Vale Countryside Volunteers.

 








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