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Managing Potteric Carr Nature Reserve

Volunteers maintain the footpath edges at Potteric Carr Nature ReserveVolunteers maintain the footpath edges - Credit Matthew Roberts

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust with the help of volunteers work to ensure the variety of habitats at Potteric Carr Nature Reserve are maintained.

Reed management at Potteric Carr Nature Reserve - Credit Jim HorsfallSome of this work involves reed cutting, this is carried out on a 10-year rotation with different blocks cut on each year of the cycle.

The grasslands are managed through a conservation grazing programme using Highland cattle and Hebridean sheep to allow the less competitive species to establish. Hay cutting also occurs in some areas to remove nutrients and improve the grassland for wildflowers.

In the woodland some areas are coppiced and other trees are thinned out to let more light through to the woodland floor and encourage woodland flowers to grow.

Footpaths and benches are also maintained to ensure guests enjoy a pleasant visit!

Regular volunteer days are held on site to help with the management of the wonderful habitats and species found here.

For more information call Potteric Carr on 01302 325736.