When I was a kid, there used to be more bobwhite quail around (or at least it seemed like there were more quail), and I've noticed that quail have started to show up in this lane for some reason. I think it's a combination of being close to the trees on one side and the wheat field on the other, along with the areas of shorter grass in the lane due to how it's being grazed and brush hogged once in a while. Edges create the right habitat for quail, and trimming the trees back from the fence should give me more depth to my edges and help create more depth.
I'd like to graze the lane a little differently by letting the cattle graze it in a modified "strip grazing" method where I'll move an a electric wire down the length of it a little at a time to get the stocking density up higher. In the future, I'd like to implement a more intense grazing rotation on the farm (some sort of MiG grazing, or mob grazing), and this would be a good place to test and work out some details. But, to do that I also need to clear out the brush and trees on the barb wire fence side so I can easily add another hot wire to that fence.
So, today I started trimming the trees and brush out of the original barb wire fence, starting on the south end of the lane. For once, I lucked out and found myself cutting brush on a day when there wasn't 100% humidity and the temperature wasn't over 100 degrees. If you look close, you can see some gate posts with a gate buried in that brush.
|Before trimming - Brush-covered Gate|
|Another Before Trimming Picture|
If you look close you can even sort of see the gate posts and gate that were being strangled by those trees. I didn't get the exact same angle in the second picture, but if you really squint your eyes you can tell it's the same spot.
You can already start to see the improved quail habitat after the trimming with the wheat, short grass, tall Johnson grass, then the trees, leaving plenty of places to eat, nest, and get away from predators.
|Pile of Wood that's eventually going to be Bio Char|
|North End of Lane - Looking South|