SO0346 : Straw bales on the moorland

taken 10 years ago, near to Maesmynis, Powys, Great Britain

Straw bales on the moorland
Straw bales on the moorland
Something of a surprise to see these bales, having walked around open moorland all afternoon. They are bracken straw, harvested from the bracken. This is a practice local to Mid Wales.
(Thanks to Richard Webb for this information).

The fern is normally cut after September and baled and used for bedding, and is readily available thus allows hay and straw to be used for fodder. Cut at this time of year the fern will regrow, cut in June-July the fern is daunted and will not grow as vigorously the next year. It is sometimes cut early to expose more grass, but the fern also provides shade, allowing greener,less scorched growth underneath.
(Thanks to Phil Jones for this information).
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Thursday, 24 January, 2008   (more nearby)
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Friday, 8 February, 2008
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Farmland   (more nearby)
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OSGB36: geotagged! SO 032 460 [100m precision]
WGS84: 52:6.2686N 3:24.8143W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SO 032 459
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