Successful reed planting at Grant’s Moor

Yesterday Stu, Bernard and I headed out to Grant’s Moor South. It’s fantastic to see how the vegetation in the southern pond become established after all our hard work.

Back in March we ran a joint task with the BVC Trust to help the riparian colonisation of the bare newly dredged pond. The volunteers created 10 net enclosures to protect Phragmities australis (common reed) tubers which we harvested from Frimley Hatches. Later in May these were supplemented with plant plugs which were dug into the mud.

The completed reed enclosures

The completed reed enclosures in March

It was very encouraging to see that both the Phragmities australis tubers and plugs have grown in the enclosures, and that Sparganium erectum (branched bur-reed) has returned from the disturbed mud.

Present day view of the same pond

Present day view of the same pond

Phragmities australis in the enclosures

Phragmities australis in the enclosures

Ranger Stuart

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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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