Hide and seek with our motorscythe at Royal Oak Valley

Today Laura, the volunteers and I headed out to hay cut the wet meadow in Royal Oak Valley in Yateley. It was hot, humid work so it was great to have the help of Nick, Phil and Leigh, Rangers with Hart District Council. The gang posed with the HDC tractor, after we found a slow worm in the woodland edge.

The team

The team

Female slow worm

Female slow worm

As a welcome diversion from hay raking, the volunteers also cleared a great big pile of fly-tipping from some of the neighbouring houses. Now we’ve cleared the historic rubbish (trampoline, table football, tarps etc.), we’ve taken photos so the residents can be contacted to pursue any fresh dumping.

Clearing a mountain of rubbish

Clearing a mountain of rubbish

Removing all this rubbish, did result in some rather comic loading of the baty trailer, packing it around the tools. To make it easier to spot the blue motorscythe, I suggested we stick a stripy red and white bobble hat on top…

Can you spot the motorscythe?

Can you spot the buried motorscythe?

Thank you to everyone for all their hard work.

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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