White-topped waves at a windy Moor Green Lakes

Yesterday the volunteers joined us at Moor Green Lakes to cut back Long Island, although we found it was rather too exposed to the elements. So we bravely retreated to the calmer waters along the NW shore of Colebrook Lake. Clearing the bramble on this south-facing bank is great to promote the wildflowers, and reveal sandy cliffs used by burrowing bees and wasps.

Meanwhile Callum proved his mettle helping me tow the pontoon across to Plover Island. It was quite exciting with the white-topped waves hitting our 8ft boat (optimistically called the beast). After a much needed hot cup of tea we returned to Long Island to cut back the access path and check on our 8 bramble-munching goats.

As the wind increased to truly comic proportions, everyone did a fantastic job clubbing together to clear up. We had fun retrieving the cuttings which kept blowing off the tarps we were dragging, and then valiantly folding the sail-like tarps.

Moor Green Goats

Moor Green Goats

Ranger Stuart

 

 

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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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