Hawley Meadows fence paddling

Today I’ve been paddling in Hawley Meadows to remove one of our fences across the river, which in the Summer season is used to stop the cattle waddling off up river. It turned out the wire had been snapped in the floods, so cue lots of paddling in chestwaders to unearth the submerged wire and plastic pipes which formed the fence, with a bonus rather damp floodlight.

As our previous grazier left us recently, we have decided to resume grazing in 2016 which will give us a chance to undertake some of the larger construction projects on site next year without worrying the moofers. We are planning for this to include; a new bridge over a ditch to create a circular path south of the car park, footpath improvements and extending both ramps of the concrete bridge so it’s easier to access.  We’ll keep you posted on the improvement works.

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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