More hay cutting antics – this time at Rowhill

Yesterday we trundled down to Rowhill to haycut 2/3 of the meadow. As we recruited both our motorscythes, Natasha who is on a student placement with us, got a chance to play on the machine (photo). The hay will be left to dry out and for the wildflower seeds to fall through, then it will be raked out by the Rowhill volunteers at the weekend. This cutting helps to promote wildflowers on the meadow including yellow rattle and knapweed.

Ranger Stuart

Rowhill Tasha student 28 8 13

Rowhill Tasha student 28 8 13


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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