Gaggle of goats and volunteers

Today Ben, Callum and I joined the volunteers at Moor Green Lakes, where we set up the pontoon to walk over to Long Island. The task was to cut back the vegetation to open up the island for over-wintering wildfowl. We concentrated on the north western end of Long Island to clear the view from Colebrook Hide. Our gaggle of eight goats do a sterling job munching bramble over the Autumn and need a bit of a hand a couple of times a year.

Chris and Tony Elston manned the motorscythe to cut the bramble whilst others set to work on the scrub. Shortly after tea break, when Andrew Pope led a mad dash to herd the goats away from our tasty sandwiches, Ben got the fire going. It was great having a roaring fire to entertain us and everyone was reluctant to leave the toasty pretty spot at the end. Thank you to everyone for their hard work, with 19 of us out today it was a great task.

Loading the fire looking towards Colebrook Hide

Loading the fire looking towards Colebrook Hide

A tribe of goats

A tribe of goats

The triumphant volunteers & I

The triumphant volunteers & I

Reluctant to leave the toasty fire

Reluctant to leave the toasty fire

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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