Bye Bye MGL Brambles

Yesterday Ranger Stuart took 19 volunteers up to Moor Green Lakes to cut back the bramble on the north shore of Grove Lake.  Last year the same task was undertaken and what was bramble has now regenerated back into wildflower meadow, which shows progress with the task rather than a thankless one.  The area itself is home to some pretty and important wildflowers, such as Betony.  Keep an eye out for it next year!  It has purple/red flowers which appear in June/August.

The volunteers also cut back the path at Grove Lake for the cattle Lookers to use so they stand a chance of finding the cows, which normally hide behind one bush in the last place you look!

Assistant Ranger
Laura

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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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