Monthly Archives: September 2016

Runfold tidy

Earlier this week Andrew, John and I went to Runfold to do some finishing touches after the Surrey Hedge Layers visit a few weeks ago. In front of our beautiful newly laid hedge was some old rabbit fencing which we removed with … Continue reading

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Bat box checks

  On Friday morning Jeremy and I joined Steve at Moor Green Lakes for the annual bat box checks. It was a beautiful sunny day which we thoroughly enjoyed. We were lucky enough to see common pipistrelles, soprano pipistrelles and two … Continue reading

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Cow shuffling at Moor Green Lakes

Today the volunteers cut a path round Grove Lake so our cows can graze the lake margins. We’ve also cleared invasive bramble off a betony meadow and cleared a fallen tree by Manor Farm. There were lots off happy noises … Continue reading

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Biodiversity given a boost at Kennels Lane Meadow

On Tuesday the volunteers, Jenny and I descended on Kennels Lane Meadow in Farnborough. We’ve been managing this SSSI (site of scientific interest), which lies on the NW margin of Southwood Woodland for 5 years. Since the SSSI designation is … Continue reading

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Anyone for Tea?

Eagle-eyed Paul spotted this full dining set that I may have accidently left after our recent hay-cutting task at Royal Oak Valley. Before anyone asks, yes it did come complete with an Alice in Wonderland inspired fat cat sitting on top…. … Continue reading

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Fixing machines

Today we were busy maintaining machines, with Tony and Jenny working on the motorscythe. The former nose cutter bar on the motorscythe was so old we were unable to get replacement parts, so Jenny ordered then fitted the modern equivalent ready for … Continue reading

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A Guide to Blackwater Valley Stumperies

This year the Trust has been working on improving the habitats for Stag Beetles across the valley and we’ve been doing well.  Here is a map of all of the stumperies we’ve installed this year, and a few that predate … Continue reading

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Snaky Lane Path Resurface

Today I went along  with Assistant Ranger John to assist the Snaky Lane community Wildlife Group with the resurfacing of the path network between their meadows. They had arranged for 20 tons to be delivered in the morning with us … Continue reading

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Gerrys Copse Bench and Stumpery

  Yesterday I was joined by 3 of the BVCP volunteers to help me with the installation of a new Oak bench and to install two new Stag Beetle Stumperies. Visitors may remember the metal bench at the Coleford Bridge end of … Continue reading

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Bat Walk Tonight

Steve is leading a Bat Walk tonight at Chalk Farm, Wellesley Woodlands.  The weather looks like it should have cleared by then so the bats will be out and about so come on a  dusk walk listening to and spotting … Continue reading

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