Rowhill Meadow cut

Rowhill Nature Reserve has a great meadow, a meadow that BVCP has been working with Rowhill Nature Reserve Society to change from an old amenity area to a wild meadow. In the past the meadow has been cut and collected in many ways, using a power scythe, brush cutters and manually collecting by hay forks and removing from the meadow.

This year BVCP working with the Society has used a small compact tractor to cut and collect the grass. The Society flagged all the ant-hills on the meadow on Tuesday evening last week, this made it easier to mow the area, saving the ant-hills and reducing damage to the flails on the tractor.

Before cutting

After cutting

Many thanks to Debbie from the Society for all the help last Wednesday opening up three wholes into the scrub edge, which allowed me to tip the grass cutting off the meadow. Due to the change in the weather the day was cut short, but a good 75% of the meadow was cut.

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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