In our area of Nottinghamshire, large numbers of gorse appear to have died.
Is this a local issue?
Can anyone explain it?
are they old plants or plants of all ages. there are some things that eat gorse, mites for example, think i put an observation of these on ispot somewhere. in some parts of the world they would be very glad of gorse dieing as its a major pest so they might be interested to know what is causing the dieback too.
It sems to be a problem all over the country.
Did Gorse suffer from last winter?
It has recovered in Creswell Craggs and is in flower now (late November) so it will be back!
It did look a bit weak in the summer.
I have visited it again and it had been dieing but now it is as strong as ever after we thought we had lost it. Have a look at all the dead branches and the new growth now that it has recovered.
We are not that far north of Nottingham.
that is interesting, did you check for the mites http://www.ispot.org.uk/node/61303
during the summer?
I did not check for mites. It did not draw much attention as there was a mass of cumfry with thousands of bees to look at just feet away....
I have seem them a lot around where I am and they are fine, it must be just local problem..