RSPB Youth Group invade Southwood

Today the Swiggles (Southwood volunteers) were joined by young people and their families from the RSPB Fleet Wildlife Explorers, with 33 people in all. We had a great task clearing invasive silver birch to open up the north heather glade. These open areas provide an ideal habitat for dragonflies and butterflies, and increase the biodiversity with a wider range of habitats than just woodland.  Thanks to everyone for all their hard work.

RSPB Wildlife Explorers processing timber???

RSPB Wildlife Explorers processing timber

The Swiggles & RSPB volunteers

The Swiggles and RSPB volunteers

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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