Covebrook Hay cut for wildflowers

On Tuesday our gaggle of keen volunteers hay-cut meadows along Covebrook by Blunden Hall. Volunteers from Cove Brook Greenway Group and Blackwater Valley, joined forces to improve the meadows. They used a motorscythe machine to cut the hay which was then raked off. This removes the dead thatch of fallen grass on top, that would otherwise slow the growth of wildflowers. Also removing the hay, reduces the nutrients returning to the soil slowing the growth of grasses, so the wildflowers have less competition. It was a fun day in the drizzle, unearthing a bumble bee nest and a pretty pink and grey elephant hawk moth!

Ranger Stuart


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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