Trust’s Work party – Frimley reedbed

The BVC Trust has been working hard on their Tern Raft Project this year and Colin Wilson has been in and out our yard, progressively getting muddier as they work to complete the Rafts for Frimley.  Below is what Colin had to report.

The reedbed project is now entering a safety stage.  To monitor the wildlife we need to be able to move around safely so we are building boardwalks for the deeper, wetter parts and to avoid the many tree roots remaining after the clearance work.  In the last two days we have cut up and strengthened a number of fishing platforms that were being replaced at Lakeside Nature Reserve Ash and made them into 3 and 4 board widths for the reedbed.  Andre is standing on the pile at the beginning of the second day, he is working with Tony on fixing the strengtheners as we go and finally, one of the piles of lengths is ready for placement near the reeds.  We ran out of time with just two platforms to be reduced so all in all a successful session.  Our thanks go to Andre Lampitt, and Tony Barnes on both days, John Murrell and Ken Bigrave on the first day.  Also thanks to BVCP for the loan of the generators needed for the power tools.  NOTE: The vehicles needed partly blocked the Blackwater Valley path and we apologise for any inconvenience to cyclists and walkers.

BVC Trustee

Colin Wilson

Can you tell what it is yet?

Can you tell what it is yet?

Making progress

Making progress

Plenty of drills

Plenty of drills

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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