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Roseland House, Great Yeldham. A garden and paddock of about 3 acres of uncut grass, with a boggy corner. The paddock was lightly grazed by horses from 2002 to July 2011 and not grazed since. It is sheltered by a spinney to the south and hedges on the east and north sides. There is also a useful pond for the dragonflies and Sallows for nectar in mid to late March.

By 2017 the paddock had been left uncut or grazed for six years. During that time the amount of scrub/tree encroachment has been negligable and easily controlled. That is by mowing small areas next to Blackthorn hedge, or by hand trimming the odd tree seedling as it arises. A problem which has ocurred is that of the gradual formation of a dense, thick mat of old, dead grass left over from previous years. While it did not seem to have made any noticable reduction in the numbers of Butterflies seen, it did seem to have altered the proportions of grass species present. In quite large areas some of the commoner species such as Cocksfoot and Timothy were being crowded out by species more more able to grow through the straw-like thatch at ground level. The best compromise between killing butterflies living in the grass (by cutting too often), and losing their favourite food plants (by not cutting enough) would be to cut or to graze with cattle at about once every four years in rotation one quarter at a time.

Small photograph of the paddock at Roseland House
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Buttercups
31 May 2011
Small photograph of the paddock at Roseland House
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Shady walk
7 June 2011
Small photograph of the paddock at Roseland House
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Bramble
15 June 2011
Small photograph of the lawn at Roseland House
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Self Heal
24 June 2011
Small photograph of the paddock at Roseland House
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Thistle patch
12 July 2012
Small photograph of the paddock at Roseland House
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Hemp Agrimony
29 July 2010
Small photograph of the paddock at Roseland House
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Water Mint
9 Aug 2010
Small photograph of the paddock at Roseland House
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Brambles and Ivy
1 Sept 2010
Roseland House Spinney hedge 
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Paddock.
7 July 2017
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31 Mar 2013