Hollybush Hill

Last Friday Jenny, Mark and I, along with students Adam, Alan and Oscar went out to Hollybush Hill for a variety of jobs.  Whilst I used the tractor to push back the bramble around the edge of the meadow and scrape the access ramps to the bridge, everyone else was busy with chainsaws and chipper.

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The stand of pines has been reduced because they are shading out pyramidal and bee orchids in the meadow.  These are beautiful flowers so keep an eye out for them later in the year.

Assistant Ranger Laura

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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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