Undaunted ( well, a bit daunted ) by the rain on our Easter Sunday workday four of us arrived to cut back the hawthorns suckers and seedlings which regrow in the chalk grassland every year. Unfortunately the sheep which graze the area in the winter don’t eat them so it’s up to us to stop the whole area eventually becoming scrub and losing the butterflies which flourish in the open short grassland vegetation conditions. When we arrived the task seemed never ending but we did manage to clear quite a big area of the bristly regrowth which gave us a sense of satisfaction. There is still rather a lot which needs to be done though. We were all very wet by the end of the morning but Brig ( aka the easter bunny ) rewarded us with an easter egg each. It was heartening to see the first signs of plants of the parasitic annual yellow rattle in the short grass and to look forward to it’s yellow flowers later in the season. These plants are good indicators of species rich grasslands.