Copping fun at Moor Green Lakes

On Tuesday 21 volunteers descended on Moor Green Lakes to enjoy the sunshine. Laura led a trusty band unblocking the culvert pipe and repairing damage to the track bank after the floods.  The team bravely nominated Will to stand in the ditch. Tony E & Peter trundled off to remove tree guards from the old coppiced scrub along the river. Everyone else re-coppiced hazel which provides a much denser canopy for nesting birds and stems to harvest for hedge-laying. In a cunning plan we used the cut brash stems, to make a basket over the stools (coppiced stumps) to reduce energetic deer nibbling.

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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