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Downing Point Gorse Clearing 1 year on

You may remember a summer day in 2014 when, in hot, sunny weather, some of us started to clear away the gorse at the landward edge of Downing Point. While Gorse has beauty and wildlife value, it tends to steadily dominate the area where it grows to the exclusion of all other plant species, and thus also the insects and other wildlife that flourish in this greater plant diversity. We had been alerted to the problem by Revd. Dr Jean Cook, a Dalgety Bay botanist, who was especially concerned that we were in danger of losing some of the specialised flora of these rocky sea edge areas under a steadily advancing cover of Gorse. So, in July last year we began clearing work, exposing once again t

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