On Wednesday 23rd October, Ranger Jenny, Assistant Ranger Bobbie, Student Liam and I joined 5 volunteers from the Frimley Fuel Allotments Charity to remove Parrot’s Feather (Myriophyllum aquaticum) from one of the ponds.
Parrot’s Feather is an invasive species that originates from Southern and Central America. The stems and leaves of the plant can grow up to a foot above the water surface. It can cover large areas, smothering and blocking out light for any of our native species to flourish. The Blackwater Valley team are very used to this species, having previously removed it from Darby Green Pond.
Most of the group spent the day in the water collecting the plant, whilst the rest of us dragged it away from the pond. During this time, Bobbie caught a small fish and one of the volunteers found a palmate newt. I would like to say that I assisted the removal of the Parrot’s Feather in the pond, but unfortunately after a few minutes in the water, it was soon realised that my waders were leaking!
Assistant Ranger Matt