Ragged-Robin in Southwood

Jenny, Katie and I just returned from Southwood Woodland where we had a full day mowing the paths and  strimming round the benches and signs. For a bit of variation Katie fixed a sign to our latest stag beetle stumpery, installed by the Southwood Woodland Improvement Group (SWIG) volunteers on Sunday. Right on cue we had a couple of dog walkers who were asking us questions, now they knew what the mysterious vertical logs in the woodland are for.  Katie also spotted a damp meadow wildflower, Ragged-Robin hiding in the pine woodland, with its distinctive deeply incised pink petals.

Katie fixing sign to new stag beetle stumpery

Katie fixing sign to new stag beetle stumpery

Katie with Ragged Robin

Katie with Ragged Robin

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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