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Individual study: Spray treatment of bracken Pteridium aquilinum using Asulox herbicide at Blackhill, Dorset, England

Published source details

Liley D. (2005) Spray treatment of bracken Pteridium aquilinum using Asulox herbicide at Blackhill, Dorset, England. Conservation Evidence, 2, 103-104

Summary

An area of silver birch Betula pendula (40% cover) was cleared during the winter of 1995-1996. Two summers later, the cleared area and an adjacent area of open heath were sprayed with Asulox herbicide to control invasive bracken Pteridium aquilinum growth. Seven years after the last spray treatment, bracken was dominant throughout the area (median cover in sample plots 80%; cover estimate range 40%-90%). Whilst achieving short-term success, longer term evidence therefore suggests that bracken management needs to be ongoing at this site.