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The value of scrubland and how to look after it

If you work in groundscare, it is likely that you will work in scrubland at some point, but what exactly is it? Scrub can technically be described as a ‘successional habitat’. This means that it is temporary and transitioning from one habitat, usually open grassy areas, to another, generally woodland. In less scientific language, it could be referred to as thickets or a brambly mess. Scrubland can consist of just a few small patches of nettles and brambles, or it can be more densely packed with young trees or gorse bushes. For these reasons, and due to differing factors, such as soil type and topography, scrubland can have a huge variety of hugely varying animal and plant communities living within it.

In fact, scientists agree that scrub is one of the most critical habitats in the UK, with over 450 rare and threatened species of plant, insect and bird associated with it and depending upon it for survival. It may not be the prettiest, but it certainly is important.

Over the years the amount of scrubland in the UK has depleted for a variety of reasons such as the adoption of more intensive agricultural practices taking over traditional scrub grazing land. Native species have evolved to flourish in the mixed rural landscapes that have developed, and scrub is a still a vital component in this, providing shelter and food.

There still comes a point, though, when scrub will require an element of management. It’s important that before any work is conducted a site survey is carried out to ascertain what wildlife is present. Knowing this will allow you to properly work around it, including when best to carry out the work, to avoid hibernating animals, for example.

When drawing up your plan of action, think about keeping a variety of old and young scrub. This will ensure that you continue to provide variety and diversity, making it appealing to a wider range of species. It’s a good idea, too, to create a plan that sees you managing scrub at a low level at regular intervals rather than a severe and heavy-handed approach less frequently.

Make sure that you maintain a direct link to the surrounding habitats, as this creates wildlife corridors that are vital for species to explore the landscape.  Make sure that you control invasive species such as Japanese knotweed and rhododendron, as they have very little value for wildlife and will happily take over the site if allowed, causing you more problems in the long run.  

There are a range of techniques that can be employed to control scrub when necessary, and one of them is to use a brushcutter. Brushcutters are ideal for cutting through overgrown bush and fields and for clearing through dense scrub. Billy Goat brushcutters have rigid 66 cm mowing decks, combined with heavy duty spindles and strong engines. The ergonomic controls make them easy to use in even the harshest environments.

The BC2600HEBB | BC Series – Pivoting Deck has been engineered to glide over uneven terrain, like scrub, as its pivoting brush deck hugs the ground for a close cut. This improves traction keeping the weight of the machine firmly on its extra wide tyres. It comes with a Tuff Torq™ variable hydrostatic transmission featuring fully automatic Enhanced Traction Control (ETC), offering superior traction in wet or uneven conditions and can cut saplings and brush at a rate of an acre per hour.

If you’re after a fixed deck, the BC2600ICM | BC Series – Fixed Deck is a great option, providing excellent stability in deep vegetation.  The mechanical transaxle, featuring three speeds forward and one reverse, and powered by a Honda engine, is ideal for clearing meadows and fields or cutting paths and trails wherever dense brush and weeds present a clean-up challenge. The heavy-duty blade spindle is reinforced on four sides to tackle the toughest cutting conditions, including thick brushes, grass and weeds over 180 cm tall, and saplings up to 5 cm diameter.    

Billy Goat brushcutters can help you to manage scrubland responsibly, and with ease.

An easy way to ensure you are ready for summer with just one product

With summer finally here, you will now be looking for a quick solution to free up your time during the enjoyable summer evenings, rather than spending hours performing laborious tasks and fighting with overgrowth.

Maintaining large areas of grass is a big commitment so you will no doubt welcome a solution that provides a fast, reliable alternative to removing unwanted items. The best thing needed to tackle these patches of tall grass and brambles is power. Brushcutters from Billy Goat certainly have that. Brushcutter lawnmowers provide a simple way to tackle wild areas of grass with ease and speed.

When using a brushcutter you may be interested in these top tips for the most beneficial use of your machinery.

  • Make sure you choose the right brushcutter for you. These are powerful piece of kit and the specifications can vary based upon your requirements. If you have a large area of dense brush to clear, make sure you select a brushcutter with the power to meet your needs. Billy Goat’s Outback series brushcutters have the option of a 187cc or 388cc Honda engine or a 344cc Briggs & Stratton engine to give up to 13 horsepower
  • Don’t be anxious when using a brushcutter for the first time, just got for it! Billy Goat brushcutter’s “eat up” overgrowth so make you feed them well!
  • Your comfort is key so let the machine take the weight load – not you! To help this, make sure the handles are well positioned and that you fully utilise the padded handles
  • Keep your brushcutter in excellent condition by visiting your local dealer for regular servicing

Powerful brushcutters from Billy Goat can cut small saplings up to two inches wide and can tackle brush up to six foot tall with complete ease. This range boasts a pivoting 26” wide deck to help glide over uneven terrain as well as offering enhanced speed and high quality.

The hydrostatic transmission drive system on Billy Goat brushcutters takes the pressure off the pushing and transfers this into doing the job. They also feature Tuff Torq™ hydrostatic transaxles that sense wheel spin and lock the wheel to give positive traction. Add to this the ergonomic handles and padded grips with heavy duty blade spindles and you’ll have a hardwearing product that can be relied upon year after year.

To view the brushcutter mower range exclusively available in the UK from Henton & Chattell click here.

Most importantly, this will help you to finally enjoy your garden with a stress free future!

 

Billy Goat clears up the drive

Billy Goat clears up the drive

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A small woodland that had been felled and replanted can create the perfect conditions for dense undergrowth and can quickly become a massive challenge for beaters and dogs on any shoot.

To help face this challenge, our Billy Goat ground-clearing machines recently attended the White Hart Cover on Staffordshire’s Seighford pheasant syndicate to tackle its undergrowth.

The Billy Goat Outback Hydrostatic brushcutter cut a 26” wide swathe through undergrowth that, in places, is waist high and a mix of bramble, grasses, weed and unwanted self-sown saplings up to 5cm wide. It also easily coped with overgrown brush up to 2m high.

In just two hours the walk-behind machine cleared drives and spaces for feeders and achieved what would take a work-party of half a dozen guns and beaters a morning’s hard slog.

“The ground was virtually impenetrable but as soon as we fired up the machine and moved into the area it became immediately apparent that this was an incredibly powerful piece of equipment,” said Simon Keeling, the game keeper at Seighford.

“It simply cut through everything in its patch, never got stuck and when facing huge growths of bramble, we simply tilted the handled back to lift the front of the Billy Goat and lowered it down to remove everything to ground level,” he added.

The machine is fully automatic and its hydrostatic transaxle senses when the rear wheels start to spin it locks the wheels to give positive traction.  Its heavy-duty blade spindle is reinforced on four sides to tackle any brush conditions.

Billy Goat brushcutter prices start from £2249.99 including VAT.

For more information and to see videos demonstrating their cutting performance at Seighford visit www.billygoat.co.uk.