Foulshaw Flashes maintained
The wildfowl (teal especially) love the fallen seed of Sea club rush in winter (image 1) so it’s a useful plant to have growing here in these wet spots. We do not wish to remove the sea club rush at the roots otherwise the wetlands become very lifeless and stagnate. We want them to grow back so the plant is cut at base level keeping the root base intact. We also leave strips (image 2) of seed bearing club rush as stands around the margins and within the flashes to create sheltered wind breaks for the feeding Snipe and other waders as well as providing a natural source of seed as the Scirpus martimus seed pods pop and scatter seed into the flashes. In the Winter months the flashes provide open water for the WWA members to shoot over. The wetlands areas are no more than 12 inches deep with margins of about 1-3 inches, just perfect foraging conditions for wildfowl and also waders such as Jack Snipe and Common Snipe.