Turning Braken Undergrowth to a Wildlife area, Minus the Braken
I've recently moved house and a novice gardener ( cue warning for a lot of threads) which backs onto a nature reserve, with a 100 meter by 5 or 6 meter council owned ( aka neglected ) strip of land between it and my house. This area has a mix of oak, turkish oak, and silver birch in it (most under TPOs), but as undergrowth it's just full of braken, which i understand in a previous year has caught fire, so looking to clear that out.
I've been given permission to assist in managing this land, and i want to start clearing the braken out, and seeding something in it's place - is there something that can be recommended? There is a 6m x 8m area that's quite open that i want to do something with, but not sure what.
It's a clay, badly draining soil, but with the trees nearby, what water does down to it is very quickly sucked up.