A blog about golf course and heathland management at Aldeburgh Golf Club and the wildlife found there. Aldeburgh GC is a top 100 championship course managed using traditional low input greenkeeping methods. It is situated on the Suffolk coast within the Suffolk Coast and Heaths AONB.
Wednesday, 14 February 2018
Gorse and heather management
During the recent spell of frosty weather we've made good progress on gorse management by coppicing. We've also been cutting back gorse where it is invading an the area of recently established heather right of the 11th hole. Although areas of coppiced gorse look unsightly at first, they soon recover and the resultant fresh growth provides an excellent habitat for wildlife. The photo below illustrates how old stands of gorse get very leggy and open, this offers limited opportunities for nesting birds and other wildlife compared with dense young growth.
Removing gorse from a recently established area of heather