pete.selby at zetnet.co.uk
Sat Sep 28 00:39:48 EST 1996
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wolflh at aol.com (WolfLH) writes:
> We are doing some research on Phragmities australis. If you have any
> information on this plant, such as: control and eradication, uses for,
> ecosystem roles, etc., we would be thankful!
> Valerie L'Herrou and Kathy Miller
In UK Phragmites is a native, and as a habitat reed beds are under
threat due to drainage. It is used as the source of Norfolk Reed and
as such is used and has been for centuries as a thatching material.
This means that it is managed by cutting in winter and then extracted
by boat. Its ecolgical importance is great as it provides habitat
for the very endangered Bitterne, various elusive warblers, Marsh
Harrier and Otters and Harvest Mice. It also provides important
cover for fish fry and invertebrates. All in all its very useful and
not something we would want to eradicate.
Where it is managed on various reserves the cut reed is frequently
used as screening panels for bird hides.
(pete.selby at zetnet.co.uk)
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