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 care for the cattle.

Cows inspect new gates

Cows inspect new gates

On arriving the moofers wasted no time in giving the new gates their seal of approval by licking the trailer. They were impressed by the design of the gates set in metal frames, which are interchangeable and locked to the posts. Surprisingly after lots of befuddled looks we realised that a square gate frame doesn’t fit between wonky wooden posts. Much to our amusement Chris promptly solved the problem by resting on one post and snapping it off, so we replaced it with a new level post anyway. Everyone did a cracking job and a big thank you to Laura for leading the task.

Ranger Stuart

Corraling Laura, Mike and Chris

Corraling Laura, Mike and Chris



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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