Volunteers at Hawley Meadows

Tuesday 23rd July saw our regular batch of dedicated volunteers come out again to Hawley Meadows, despite the hovering threat of thunder, lightning and heavy downpours.  (We opted against putting up a metal framed gazebo for cover!)  It was also the last day for a long standing volunteer so we brought cake to wish him well in the future.

Over the course of the morning the volunteers removed 8 posts, an old pointless gate and a section of broken fence at the Northern end of Hawley, which hopefully means that all the old redundant posts are now gone from Hawley!  Once they had cleared those away they then litterpicked the Northern end, river and meadow, and cleared away some scrub.  We neatly piled the wood up to make habitat piles but the cattle thought it was all for them and promptly came in and munched their way through it.  This was when we noticed someone we weren’t expecting…

Hawley Meadows Calf and Cow

Hawley Meadows Calf and Cow

A volunteer has suggest we call him Prince.  Do you think this is a good idea?  Any other suggestions?

Assistant Ranger


About blackwatervalleycountryside

The Blackwater Valley is located on the borders of Hampshire, Surrey and Berkshire and runs for approximately 30km from the source near Aldershot, northwards to Swallowfield. At its confluence it joins the rivers Whitewater and Loddon. The Loddon eventually flows into the River Thames near Reading. Work in the Blackwater Valley is co-ordinated by the Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership on behalf of the local authorities that border the Valley. Despite being surrounded by urban development the Valley provides an important green corridor for local residents As well as the Blackwater Valley Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a small part of the Basingstoke Canal SSSI, three nature reserves within the Valley catchment and many other areas have been recognised for their ecological importance. The local planning authorities covering the Valley have designated 31 other areas as ‘Wildlife Sites’.
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