Scouting Stumperies in Sandhurst

Yesterday Jenny and I were joined by a hoard of 2nd Sandhurst Scouts to complete their World Challenge Badge with an environmental task. They set to work digging up invasive oak saplings from Blackwater Meadows, to promote our wildflowers like the rare Great Burnet we found. It soon became competitive to find the largest sapling in the meadow…..

Showing off the largest sapling

Showing off the largest sapling

It was a good opportunity for Jenny to gain experience in the dark art of leading youth groups, and we also took turns to head off and cut the BV Path south down to the A30.  After lunch the troop dug a couple of pits for our Blackwater Meadows stag beetle stumperies, then rolled in some suitably challenging massive logs and tamped them in. We’ve now completed over 15 stumperies so we’re well on our way to the Blackwater Valley Trust target of creating 50 stag beetle stumperies along the Blackwater Valley this year.




At the end with my scout leader hat on, I presented the scouts with their well deserved badges. Thank you to Dennis and the scouts for such a fantastic job.

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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