Machine fun on the Covebrook

Chris and Steven got stuck into playing with hay-making machines on Thursday at Covebrook. We were working on the brook just south of Cove Road, near the Southwood Pavilion to promote wildflowers such as meadow sweet. The meadow was cut with Steven in the background using the motorscythe, then swept into rows by Chris on the hay rake. This has the advantage of giving the chance for the hay to dry out so being lighter to move, which the Blackwater Volunteers are doing today.

Cheers, Ranger Stuart

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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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