Bracken Control - A Guide to Best Practice

This leaflet explains to farmers, foresters and moorland managers:

  • the purpose of bracken control and
  • how to prepare a bracken management plan.

Bracken is now a severe problem in some parts of Scotland. Recent attempts at its control have highlighted the need to carry out such activities properly. Certain control techniques often relied upon aren’t suitable in every situation.

Bracken can store large amounts of nutrients and carbohydrate in its stem system.  It will quickly recover after initial treatment if control is neglected, so follow-up treatment and aftercare must also be part of its management.

A bracken management plan helps to ensure that control techniques are appropriate and will achieve their aims.  This leaflet covers the main steps to consider when producing such a plan.

Pages: 17
Published: 2008

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