Wet n’ Woody

On Tuesday the volunteers were in Rushmoor Bottom, part of Wellesley Woodlands doing something a little different.  Running south to north in this area is a stream that a long time ago the military straightened and lined with bricks.  This means in periods of heavy rain the water rises and falls very rapidly, which increases the risk of flooding.  There is also very little benefit for wildlife so the volunteers set about removing the broken bricks and concrete from the bed of the stream.
Whilst they only tackled half of the length, they filled 3 trailers full, or to put it another way, our entire skip!

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After the stream was cleared the volunteers set about adding woody debris to the stream.  This will help add bends back in and the faggots (bundles of brash) will help trap sediment, creating shallow areas.

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Thankfully only a few people ended up with full wellies by the end of the day!
Thank you to all our volunteers, hard working as always.
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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