Monthly Archives: September 2015

Mitie Muscles at Hawley Meadows

Today we headed over to Hawley Meadows to remove a redundant gate and cut back 200m of scrub which was overhanging the fence line and blocking the path. It was also great to have the help of three colleagues from … Continue reading

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Dragonflies Hawking at Moor Green Lakes

Whilst out dragonfly surveying at the weekend, I managed to get a photo of a tame female migrant hawker basking on an oak near Colebrook Hide. Ranger Stuart    

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Logical tree felling in Southwood

“On Friday we were joined by volunteers from the Logic Group in Fleet for a meadow clearance project in Southwood Woodland. Trees felled [to open up the meadow] included willow, silver birch and oak which were processed for burning and small log … Continue reading

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Paddling at Royal Oak Valley

Yesterday unperturbed by the heavy rain seven hardy volunteers, Laura and I descended on Royal Oak Valley in Yateley. Working with Nick from Hart Rangers we waded through the mud to hay cut the wet meadow and cut back the overhanging … Continue reading

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Hawley Meadows

It was my pleasure to be back with the Blackwater Valley team this morning with my Thames Basin Heaths hat on. I’m working on a partnership project to build a summer stepping stones crossing at Hawley Meadows. Andrew and I have … Continue reading

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Students Spot Lizard and Galling Oak

Down at Kennel’s Lane Meadow SSSI last week I was joined by three of our new students; Adam, Alan and Oscar. Together we hay-cut the meadow and spotted some interesting wildlife; a common lizard and strange shaped growths on a oak … Continue reading

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Wellesley Woodlands Festival

Join us for a fun-filled family afternoon to officially open Wellesley Woodlands.  Remember to wrap up warm and wear your wellies! Date: Saturday 14th November Time: 12-4pm Place: Rushmoor Bottom, Duke’s Wod, Claycart Road, Aldershot (next to the Wellington statue)  … Continue reading

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Setting the bench mark

Work has been progressing well on the Wellesley Woodlands project. We have started installing furniture throughout the sites including this bench at Thorn Hill. Shame about the weather when we were installing it, but hopefully when you get a chance … Continue reading

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Striking Red Moth

I’ve just spotted a large striking moth near Ash Lock. Thankfully the bright red and black hindwings were exposed, which it can tuck away for better camouflage. I believe it is a Red Underwing (Catocala nupta), unless there are any budding moth hunters … Continue reading

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