Moor Green Mission

It was my privilege this week to meet some of the Tuesday volunteers on a beautiful autumn day at Moor Green Lakes. Briefed by Ranger Stuart, Senior Ranger Andrew and I met 16 volunteers on a mission to enhance a small area of meadow by removing blackthorn scrub. A slight qualm about removing this wonderful nesting habitat was dispelled by Stuart when he explained that there’s plenty of blackthorn scrub on the site and very little meadow, so it had to go!

Blackthorn is notoriously difficult to burn, but a blaze was finally coaxed into life and the results of our clearance consumed in the flames. Stumps cut back and treated, job done!

Many thanks to everyone for a lovely day.

Volunteers feed fire

Volunteers feed fire

Chris Bean's pretty reflection

Chris Bean’s pretty reflection

Roaring fire by sunset (Chris Bean)

Roaring fire by sunset (Chris Bean)

Casual Assistant Ranger Sarah

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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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