Hunting lesser-spotted volunteers on Grove Lake

Yesterday the volunteer collective trundled off to Moor Green Lakes where we tackled several jobs around Grove Lake. Binoculars proved invaluable trying to hunt a lesser-spotted Geoff and Peter, who helped clear a circumnavigation of the lake for access of moofers and cow lookers alike. Chris was brave (foolhardy) enough to join me in chest waders installing a new fence across the ditch upstream of the culvert, which traps debris before the pipe. Much to the amusement of Andrew Pope and Vic, and despite coming close, Chris failed to fall in.

Meanwhile we haycut the northern shore which has become more wildflower-rich over the last few years thanks to the volunteers’ hard work. Also the scrub in front of Grove bird viewing screen was cleared, so now children can see the lake without the use of a trampoline. On the way back a tame grass snake was spotted on the hay pile we created behind the paddock, following our haycut a couple of weeks ago. It’s lovely to see it basking out in the open. Thank you to everyone for all your help

Ranger Stuart

Grove Screen before and after clearance

Grove Screen before and after clearance

Stuart and Chris with ditch fence

Stuart and Chris with ditch fence

Well earned lunch break after haycut

Well earned lunch break after haycut

Tame grass snake

Tame grass snake

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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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