Triumphant soggy fire lighting at Southwood

Yesterday six brave Southwood volunteers joined us in the torrential rain to burn off brash left from the last couple of tasks. Unperturbed by the rain we set about building the fire under a tarp, then promptly filling the wood with thick smoke that would delight any film director. The fire quickly dried out the soggy branches, till we could all stand round it with cups of tea and everyone steaming from the heat.

Stuart hidden under tarp building fire

Stuart hidden under tarp building fire

Triumphant Swiggles by roaring fire

Triumphant Swiggles by roaring fire

Ranger Stuart




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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