Monthly Archives: September 2014

One Small Step for Dogs

On Thursday 25th Melvyn, Tony and Andrew joined me at Blackwater Meadows to help build some dog steps down into the river, which was a first for all of us!  There was a section on a narrow bit of path … Continue reading

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Jazzy caterpillar at Southwood

On the Southwood task yesterday we spotted a dazzling caterpillar of the pale tussock moth. The tuft of red hairs on the tail and garish colours help distract predators. It’s best not to handle these caterpillars as the hairs are … Continue reading

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Student comments

Feedback from Chris, one of our recent students; “I wanted to thank you for your time and guidance during my recent work experience, it was interesting to see how you organise and get through the workload.  I particularly enjoyed the training … Continue reading

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Dragons spotted at Hawley Meadows

The River Blackwater today was teeming with dragonflies, mostly red common darters and the larger migrant hawkers. The blue dots on a dark abdomen of the male migrant hawker make is easy to recognise. I was pleased when a tame male posed on some … Continue reading

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Staff shenanigans at Swan Lake

Today Laura and I tackled several jobs at Swan Lake Park in Yateley. Armed with her chainsaw Laura felled a birch tree that was leaning over the bridge, while I secured the top branches to the bridge to stop it … Continue reading

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Roving wildlife in Royal Oak Valley

On Tuesday the volunteers descended on Yateley to help the Hart Rangers; Rachel, Adam and Nick. Whilst Tony Elston set to work hay cutting the wet meadow, we cut back the paths and dug out the stream to reduce flooding … Continue reading

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Racing to mend corral at Hawley Meadows

Last week Laura took Mike, Chris and I out to Hawley Meadows to replace two broken gates on the corral. The gates fit in the enclosure at either end of the race, which form a narrow corridor to help separate and … Continue reading

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