Volunteer burning at Moor Green Lakes

Yesterday fourteen volunteers braved the torrential downpour to come and help out at Moor Green Lakes. Thankfully when we arrived on site, the rain cleared and was replaced with very welcome sunshine. Bob was disappointed when he was poised with his camera, as I failed to slide the new truck in the lake.

The gang did a grand job coppicing gorse on the north of Colebrook Lake North, which was becoming dominant on the meadow. The fresh dense regrowth will be much more beneficial for nesting birds, than the previous leggy open stems. Thanks to Chris, Paul & Steven for running a great fire, which is very tricky with gorse.

Laura & I have also been out last week clearing trees blown down in the winter storms, including 5 at Southwood. We expect more tree reports to come in when the floods recede. It would be really useful if you see a fallen / hung up dangerous tree to give us a call with location, rough diameter and any awkwardness (e.g. across river). You can contact BVCP on 01252 331353 and blackwater.valley@hants.gov.uk

Ranger Stuart


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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2 Responses to Volunteer burning at Moor Green Lakes

  1. Anonymous says:

    For a moment there I thought you were burning volunteers!

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