Poor management threatens wildlife at Ely Common

28 May, 2008 The diversity of species in parts of Ely Common is under threat from excessive grass cutting. The cutting regime applied by Mr Tyrrell has involved mowing the grass to such an extent that it has prevented the variety of wild flowers in this area from flowering and regenerating. In contrast, the adjacent land owned by the Thomas Parsons Charity immediately to the west of Mr Tyrrell’s part of the Common, is awash with colour from the wild flowers that are thriving there.
These include Common Mallow (Malva sylvestris), Dove’s-foot Crane’s-bill (Geranium molle), Buttercup (Ranunculus bulbosus), Goose Grass (Galium aparine), Germander speedwell (Veronica chamaedrys), Hoary Plantain (Plantago media), Stinging nettle (Urtica dioicia), White Dead Nettle (Lamium album), Cow Parsley (Anthriscus sylvestris) Bird’s Foot Trefoil (Lotus corniculatus), Common Sorrel (Rumex acetosa), Ox- Eye Daisy (Chrysanthemum leucanthemum), Red Clover (Trifolium pratense), White Clover (Trifolium repens), Field Bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis) and Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale), to name but a few.
If you would like to object to the damage already done and to encourage better management of this area, then why not consider writing a letter to the paper highlighting your concerns.