Stumping the WWIG volunteers

Despite the looming threat of a downpour Paul, Chris, Mike and Shaun joined me at Rushmoor Bottom to install some stumperies.  These features are being put in across the valley as part of the Trust’s work this year to increase habitat for Stag Beetles.  The larvae for this beetle spend 7 years eating rotting wood before they emerge so need a good supply to last them all this time.

First the guys started by digging a hole at least 0.5m deep.


Start with a hole

Then we find a selection of wood to fill the new hole.  Stag beetles especially like oak and beech.


Bury the wood

And then finally back fill around the wood to make sure it’s secure.


The finished article

Many thanks to everyone for coming out for such hard work.  Have you found 3 stumperies yet?

Assistant Ranger Laura


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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