Tidy Up At Gerry’s Copse

Yesterday 14 volunteers came down to a muddy and still flooded Gerry’s Copse to start work on clearing up the large amount of brash from the eWIGS work that has been taking place.  We brought out our new chipper, which most of the volunteers haven’t seen before, and they were shown how to use it without losing limbs!  I stayed with the largest group as they dragged brash out from the flooded trees whilst Tony took some willing bodies down river to work on dragging out logs which the floods had washed into the water course.

In all 48 logs were removed from the river and 3 hours of chipping was done, creating habitat piles as we worked our way down Gerry’s Copse.  We also cleared out some water outlets from the wood to the river to help increase the rate of drainage from the flooded path.

Assistant Ranger Laura


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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