Newts and alder thinning at Gerry’s Copse

The north exit from Gerry’s Copse has been cut back to improve the sight-lines, which make it a lot safer when we drive out on to Coleford Bridge Road. Student Laura from Merrist Wood College also joined us further south thinning out and chipping the smaller alder. This work forms part of our English Woodland Grant Scheme Project at Gerry’s Copse, which promotes the growth of the mature alder coppice and helps open up the Blackwater Valley Path.

Whilst litter picking on the way back I rescued a dozen smooth newts that had become trapped in a plastic bag in one of the northern ponds at Gerry’s Copse.

Student Laura joins us chipping

Student Laura joins us chipping

Male smooth newt

Male smooth newt

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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