Monthly Archives: June 2015

Bracken bashing and tractor triumph

Volunteers and staff have been busy over the last three days at Southwood Woodland cutting back paths, tractor mowing and strimming. The invasive bracken that is taking over the woodland was bashed with sticks, – a great stress reliever for … Continue reading

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Consultation to improve walking and cycling in the Valley

Surrey County Council is beginning a consultation on proposals to improve walking and cycling facilities in the northern part of the Blackwater Valley area. The consultation is open now until Friday 31 July 2015. We are inviting the public and other … Continue reading

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Picnic-fuelled balsam pulling at Hawley Meadows

At Hawley Meadows the volunteers have been removing the invasive Himalayan Balsam along the River Blackwater, with Callum wasting no time bravely wadding into one of the ponds. At lunch time we all relaxed in the glorious sunshine to share … Continue reading

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Royal Grammar School students help wildflowers

“This is just to thank you once again for a fantastic working party today [at Blackwater Meadows in Sandhurst]. The removal of the oak saplings to preserve the rare flowers was different to previous tasks we had done and was very … Continue reading

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Support Command at Gerry’s Copse

A very warm thank you to members of the Army’s Support Command team who joined myself, Tony, Rhys and Alex at Gerry’s Copse on Wednesday. We were blessed with a beautiful day and were able to polish off much needed … Continue reading

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Barn Owl nest box survey in Wokingham Borough

Last week volunteers joined us for two days of monitoring barn owl nest boxes. I’ve been involved with the Wokingham Borough scheme for over a decade, which was established in 2002 to support the threatened population of barn owls through installation … Continue reading

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Grass Snake evidence unearthed

Today Rhys, Callum and I found a skin that had been sloughed by an adult grass snake measuring 85cm. It’s great to see one of the purpose built habitat piles being used, where we’ve piled grass cuttings on top of … Continue reading

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