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.