More Moor Green cutting with Student Matt

Today volunteers joined us to finish off three days of path & hay cutting at Moor Green Lakes & Manor Farm. It was also the last day for our student Matt who joined us this week from Farnborough 6th Form College. He has impressed all the staff with his enthusiasm and hard work, and we’re sad to see him leave.

“This week has been a great new experience for me, and has made me realise how much work has to be put in to the valley to keep it a friendly and accessible place for cyclists and dog walkers. During my time here I have climbed trees to move a bat detector, canoed down a river and put a culvert under a path, as well as path and hay cutting. There is such a variety of work going on the rangers must never get bored! All the staff have helped me learn more about managing the valley, from spotting different species of dragonfly to the best way of using a saw. Overall, the experience was extremely enjoyable and I will definitely come and volunteer around the valley in the future.”

Student Matt.

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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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