Students Spruce up Moor Green

The students Bryce and Ben have been helping us out at to spruce up Moor Green Lakes. Together we cleared and repaired the fencing round the hibernaculum, a buried house for hibernating reptiles. Steven unearthed all 10 of the entrance pipes as some had become covered with soil, and banged in marker posts. After some artistic repainting of burnt sections, the restored map board is now in place on the river path in it’s new spangly metal frame.

Bryce helped us tow the pontoon back to Long Island, in preparation for using it as a floating bridge on the next task on Tuesday 3rd December. Steven & I then took great delight in testing the new boat perfecting our rowing technique, as we’ve decided that next time we tow the pontoon we’ll ditch the mighty 4-horse outboard, and rely on muscle power alone….. Finally a home time shot of dusk at Moor Green, after a great couple of days.

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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