SGN and BV Volunteers improve habitat for goats and birds

Yesterday 30 of us descended on Long Island at Moor Green Lakes for a mammoth task. Our regular volunteers were joined by 12 colleagues from SGN, who bravely ferried our kit over the floating pontoon to set up camp at the south-western corner of Long Island. The main task was to haycut the meadow and cut the lakeside scrub, to provide an ideal habitat for over-wintering wildfowl and a clear view from Colebrook South Bird-Viewing Screen.

Meanwhile we had a couple of jobs to help out our visiting tribe of 6 island goats, which do a great job munching to help keep the bramble down. Tony and Bob replaced a broken panel on the goat shed and spread out fresh straw. Then Mary and Jan cut a new path, so we now have a circular track around the island so it’s much easier for us to find and check on the goats. We also towed the pontoon over to Plover Island ready for the Sunday 8th November task there.

A sausage sizzling fire to clear the cut brash

A sausage sizzling fire to clear the cut brash

Proud Tony and Bob by repaired goat shed

Proud Tony and Bob by repaired goat shed

A tribe of goats

A tribe of our goats

Most of the triumphant team

The triumphant team

The task was a great sucess with lots of sausage sizzling on the fire. Thank you to everyone for all their hard work and a special mention to Student Barbara for offering to stay and unload our kit in the dark.

Ranger Stuart

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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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