Callum gets stuck in at Moor Green Lakes

While at Moor Green Lake, Stuart and I cleared a culvert of leaves and branches. The water was very deep although it didn’t look it. We had to wear lifejackets and waders to do the job. By the end of the task it was clear how much difference we had made, as the water level had gone down 1.5 foot.

After tea break we cleared a load of blackthorn from the fire site of a previous task. Blackthorn is a very hard bush that is very hard to burn and move. With a bit of persistence we managed to move the blackthorn to form a habitat pile off the meadow.

Callum clearing ditch with chrome

Callum clearing ditch with chrome

Callum clearing blackthorn left from fire

Callum clearing blackthorn left from fire

Trainee Ranger Callum

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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