Staking out coppice stools at Moor Green Lakes

At Moor Green Lakes the volunteers got stuck into coppicing hazel and harvesting the timber.   Steph has joined us as an Assistant Ranger, and it was a great opportunity for her to meet the volunteers and chat over a cup of tea. All the newly coppiced hazel stools have been covered in brash wigwams, that protect the new shoots for a couple of years from being nibbled by deer.  This  gives them a chance to become established and provide a dense scrub for wildlife such as nesting birds.

We packed up early in the heavy rain as everyone worked quickly, so we have a good haul of stakes and binders for hedge-laying next week by Colebrook Hide.

Steph snedding binders

Steph snedding binders

Harvested binders and stakes

Harvested binders and stakes

Soggy volunteers by coppiced hazel stools

Soggy volunteers by coppiced hazel stools

Ranger Stuart

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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