Welcome to Cheyne Wood

Cheyne Wood is an area of woodland and scrub that lies between Cove Brook and the M3. This rather unassuming patch of about one acre on closer inspection reveals some large old interesting trees, maybe remnants of the local wood that covered this part of Cove many years ago.
This area has largely been unmanaged for a long time and had become an uninviting patch of dense bramble. A few years ago the Cove Brook Greenway Group (CBGG) cut a circuit of paths into it, but still the area was a bit foreboding with some anti-social behaviour happening in there. So the group have decided to open it up further and create an open and inviting bluebell wood with clear views of the brook.
Nine BVCP volunteers joined me on New Year’s Eve for the first of two tasks to continue the transformation of Cheyne Wood. We split up into groups in the morning felling and treating laurel plus crown lifting selective trees and holly bushes to increase the clearance between the ground level and the lower branches enabling clear sight lines, improve views and allow light to penetrate to the ground.
In the afternoon, we scattered wildflower meadow seeds and planted a variety of woodland bulbs within the area previously cleared by the CBGG and alongside the banks of the Cove Brook.
I returned to Cheyne Wood on the 28th January, this time with 14 volunteers. The task was to widen the main path around the woodland and enhance the views of the brook and have a good litter pick of the local area.
Paul, Mike and Melvyn were armed with hedgetrimmers, whilst the rest of the group each selected some loppers to attack the bramble and overhanging branches alongside the paths. It was amazing seeing how quickly the landscape was changing for the better and the dedication given by the volunteers, who even dug up some of the bramble roots!
Everything that was cut down was then raked to one side and used to create neat dead hedges alongside the paths. The new views seemed to be appreciated by all including a couple of robins and a little egret.
Hopefully you can see from the images below the superb effort made by the volunteers and what a difference it makes. You can now see the brook!
Team at Cheyne Wood
Thank you everyone!
Assistant Ranger Matt

 

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The happy hungry hedgehog!

I have had this chap visit my back garden over the last few nights. It was wonderful to see, especially as hedgehog numbers are declining in garden sightings.

Below are some do’s and dont’s I found to help encourage these delightful little creatures.

  • Do leave some areas of wilderness where the hedgehogs can snuffle for insects.
  • Do put out water for drinking.
  • Do put out a bowl of dog food or meaty cat food around dusk.
  • Do install, in a quiet part of the garden, a hedgehog house.
  • Do look to see if your hedgehog is limping or appears to be injured, or in late Autumn look out for underweight hedgehogs
  • Don’t put out bread and milk
  • Don’t pick up fit hedgehogs
  • Don’t leave black sacks lying around.
  • Don’t use slug pellets or other chemicals, they may poison hedgehogs and other animals.
  • Don’t light a bonfire without checking to see if a hedgehog or other wild animal has moved in.
  • Don’t fork over compost heaps in case hedgehogs or other animals have taken up residence.
  • Don’t spray hedgehogs with dog or cat flea sprays. It will be detrimental to the hedgehog.

If you do find a hedgehog in your garden or local area, you can log your findings at :

https://bighedgehogmap.org/holes-for-hedgehogs-home/map-hedgehog-sighting

Assistant Ranger Matt

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Swan Lake Access

Due to ongoing work at Swan Lake by the Swan Lake Fishing Syndicate access to the island is currently unavailable, with the footbridge and pathway closed for safety. This includes the clearance of trees, plus draining and digging out the silt from the lakes. Overall, the area should benefit from the work and we will certainly be keeping a close eye on how this develops.

The local council are aware and all work is currently on hold until both the bird nesting and breeding season is over.

Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause, but I hope you can still enjoy the circular walk around the lakes and take in the beautiful sights and sounds.

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Assistant Ranger Matt

 

 

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Footpath Closure in Wellesley

Due to emergency water mains work a footpath in Wellesley Woodlands has been closed for safety. This closure affects the Plane and Beech Trail.  Please do not attempt to set around the barriers as the leak has caused silt build up which is very soft and deep.

We will update you as soon as we have more information. Veolia are currently working through the night to resolve this issue.

Ranger Laura

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New Volunteer Programme March 2020

Please click the link below to discover Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership’s programme of volunteer tasks this March 2020.

BVCP Volunteer Task programme Mar 2020

What tasks are being run near you?

This month features fencing and scrub bashing.

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Volunteer hedge laying at Hawley Meadows

General task information:

  • We provide tea, coffee, biscuits, tools and training
  • Please bring lunch (if you want to stay for the afternoon) and clothing suitable for the weather
  • If you are under 16 please bring an adult who can stay with you for the task
  • Tasks start at 10:15am at the car park for a chat about the task with the leading Ranger
  • Tea break is at 11:30am, lunch at 1pm and finishing at approximately 3pm
  • You don’t have to stay all day, but we ask that you make it for the start (so you don’t miss the safety talk)

If you’ve never volunteered before and would like to join or simply know more please contact us via;

  • Office number: 01252 331353
  • Email: blackwater.valley@hants.gov.uk

Ranger Jenny

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Saturday 15th Wellesley task cancelled

Just to let everyone know that the weekend task for Wellesley has been cancelled due to the weather.

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New Volunteer Programme February 2020

Please click the link below to discover Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership’s programme of volunteer tasks this February 2020.

BVCP Volunteer Task programme Feb 2020

What tasks are being run near you?

This month features hedge laying, coppicing and seed sowing.

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Blackwater Valley Countryside Volunteers coppicing at Gerry’s Copse

General task information:

  • We provide tea, coffee, biscuits, tools and training
  • Please bring lunch (if you want to stay for the afternoon) and clothing suitable for the weather
  • If you are under 16 please bring an adult who can stay with you for the task
  • Tasks start at 10:15am at the car park for a chat about the task with the leading Ranger
  • Tea break is at 11:30am, lunch at 1pm and finishing at approximately 3pm
  • You don’t have to stay all day, but we ask that you make it for the start (so you don’t miss the safety talk)

If you’ve never volunteered before and would like to join or simply know more please contact us via;

  • Office number: 01252 331353
  • Email: blackwater.valley@hants.gov.uk

Ranger Jenny

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