Meadow mowing at Blackwater Reach

Last week I had a great day meadow cutting the amenity field at Blackwater Reach, a field that BVCP and Sandhurst Town Council (STC) would like to cut and collect each year. Due to BVCP hiring the nice blue tractor for a few weeks, we have now managed the first cut in three years of this meadow.

Before cutting

After cutting

This form of management will help to increase the bio-diversity and reduce the nutrients on site, encouraging a wild flower meadow. STC are now looking to add a green hay mix to the site next year to increase the sites species richness.

Andrew – Senior Ranger BVCP



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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