Royal Grammar School students help dragonflies

On Sunday students from the Royal Grammar School in Guilford joined us at Moor Green Lakes in Finchampstead. We’ve been working with Mrs Rathmell and her students for a few years now, so it was great to explore a new site. Firstly the lads cut back the lakeside scrub on the south east corner of Colebrook Lake North, to expose the gravel bank underneath. This sheltered spot is an important haven for several dragonfly species, such at the Southern Hawker found on my dragonfly survey last year.

Clearing birch scrub on the shore

Clearing birch scrub on the shore

After tea break intrepid explorers Leo and Freddie cast off to cross the channel to Goose Island, towing ropes which they anchored at either end so we could pull ourselves across. On Goose Island we cut the birch scrub to expose the bare gravel for ground nesting birds, and felled a few larger birch into the water as kingfisher perches. The team worked well loading up the boat with cut brash and pulling it over the fire on the mainland. Thank you to everyone for all their hard work.

Setting sail for Goose Island

Setting sail for Goose Island

Island tree felling

Island tree felling

Royal Grammar School students

Royal Grammar School students

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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