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21 minutes ago, Lloyd90 said:

Any tips lads on how to manage bramble? 

We luckily we a load that is cut to blocks but as said it’s so damn thick we don’t think birds can get into it let alone dogs... do you just whack the hell out of it to thin it out? 

Buy a mulching blade for a strimmer/brush cutter. 

IMG_20190128_090744-2976x2232.jpgthat was 12 foot high, i cut a tunnel through with the blade, then dropped the top down with a long reach hedge cutter and mulched that down. 

You could do similar but not in straight rows, i wouldnt do straight lines, you wanna stop goshawks and such making easy pickings of the young poults 

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6 minutes ago, Old farrier said:

Smash it down leaving some clumps 

it soon becomes to dense for game birds 

 

That’s what we’re worried about. It’s so thick now if the birds get in we doubt they’d get back out! 

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Pity your so far away as my Kubota has a 4ft swipe which just loves brambles, if I can't drive into 'em I just back up and drop it down.  Any 'alleyways'  try to put  few curves nd bends in for reasons previously mentioned and try to avoid dead ends.  Like nettles, if you keep cutting they tend to die off.

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1 hour ago, Walker570 said:

Pity your so far away as my Kubota has a 4ft swipe which just loves brambles, if I can't drive into 'em I just back up and drop it down.  Any 'alleyways'  try to put  few curves nd bends in for reasons previously mentioned and try to avoid dead ends.  Like nettles, if you keep cutting they tend to die off.

I don’t think we want them to die off but want the birds to be able to get in and out 👍🏻👍🏻

 

As said above the cover we plan to put in will take a good few years to get well established. 

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You can get a bit too much of the stuff though, so a means of cutting it back, cutting access through it is useful.  You can hire walk behind machines which will do the job.

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Our shoot uses a walk behind  machine that comes with the operator, although it is eye wateringly expensive (£500 a day is what I've got in my head but I could be wrong), to do the tracks for the first time. Once they have cut a track it mulches the stumps, so the tracks can then be swiped annually with a tractor. They generally pay 2 people (normally me and a mate!) for a few days late september to go through with industrial strimmer/brush cutters to clear out some of the other brambles that can't be got at, and to cut single file paths for beaters through some bits.

In my experience though, bramble just doesn't hold birds well so the sooner you can replace it with other stuff the better.

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