A walk in burnt Gorse in the New Forest

Pony in burnt gorse in the New Forest

Pony in burnt gorse in the New Forest

Burning of gorse and heather encourages new growth which is beneficial to a variety of flora and fauna, and creates food for commoning stock. It also results in a mosaic of different aged habitats which creates effective fire breaks to protect large areas of heathland, woodland and private property from wildfire.
— Forestry Commission, England
Gorse in the New Forest

Gorse in the New Forest

 
Burning Gorse in the New Forest

Burning Gorse in the New Forest

 

Kitty and I were out for a Sunday afternoon constitutional whilst  our pizza rough sat rising in it's bowl at home. Not wanting to venture far we visited Dibden Inclosure. One side of our walk was bright yellow flowering gorse bushes, the other side, burnt gorse. When you see it like that the contrast is stark. Twas a good opportunity for Kitty to ask questions about why it was burnt though and once home we googled to find answers.  It's good to walk in the woods, to enjoy the space but it's really rewarding when the walk provokes questions and the finding of answers and a deeper understanding for Kitty of thee forest around us.

 
Burning Gorse in the New Forest

Burning Gorse in the New Forest

It smells of burnt marshamllows mummy
— Kitty
Burning Gorse in the New Forest

Burning Gorse in the New Forest

Burning Gorse in the New Forest

Burning Gorse in the New Forest

BURNING GORSE IN THE NEW FOREST

BURNING GORSE IN THE NEW FOREST

Burning Gorse in the New Forest

Burning Gorse in the New Forest

 

As we walked on we left the burnt gorse behind and found new growth by the trees ahead, stopping for a break on a fallen tree trunk where Kitty made notes of what she had seen. She's a methodical child, all about the questions and facts of late. If we go for a walk she likes to take her notebook to list what we see. Whilst she has this thirst to learn I love giving her factual books and standing back to watch the information soak in.

 Collecting is a new hobby too, she decided, quite independently to start a collection of 'Things People Have Lost'.

So far she has an old brown glass bottle with stopper, a plastic fishing weight and a button from the beach. These treasures are arranged neatly on her windowsill, I think the theory is that people will find them is she leaves them in sight of the road.

 
Burning Gorse in the New Forest

Burning Gorse in the New Forest

The NEw Forest

The NEw Forest

 

As we headed back to the car we spotted this chap, who had been very vocal. The sky was getting darker, the evening drawing in and this was a perfect moment to end on.

 
Bird on burnt gorse, New Forest

Bird on burnt gorse, New Forest