Farnham Quarry Volunteers

A new volunteer group has been started to carry out work at Farnham Quarry, which is a 55 hectare site in need of renovation now that the quarry working is over.  The Environment Agency have put in a new river diversion to reduce flooding but also to increase the diversity of wildlife along the river.

A group of 13 volunteers came out on 1st December pulling invasive self seeded willow out of the meadow with another 14 members coming out on the 13th .  It was so muddy and wet we are thinking of calling ourselves ‘The Mud Larks’!

Farnham Quarry Volunteers

Farnham Quarry Volunteers

Farnham Quarry Volunteers

Farnham Quarry Volunteers

The group all seemed to enjoy the day which had an added bonus of seeing a Snow Bunting, 4 Jack snipe, 35-40 plovers with a small group of  common snipe and a Peregrine looking for lunch!

Farnham Quarry seems to becoming a prime site for migratory birds you can follow the bird forum blog below :-

www.birdforum.net/opus/Tices_Meadow

Our next meeting is January 5th at 10am, Lower Farnham Road adjacent to Pea Bridge by the metal gate.

Ranger Tony

 

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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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