Reptile fencing at Grants Moor

Last week Jenny and I were joined by two Trustees, Bernard and Colin, and some amazing volunteers to install some reptile fencing at Grants Moor. Our volunteer group was form by members from BVCT, Surrey Amphibian and Reptile Group and Farnborough Street Residents Association.

 

This winter there is planned dredging work in several of the ponds on site. The fencing aims to exclude reptiles from the areas of work in order to mitigate any effects on the reptile population which Bernard has been studying.  In future weeks reptiles will be translocated from the work areas to the exclusion zones set up today.

 

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It was hard work digging the fences in but we managed to get both in thanks to the hard work of the volunteers!

Assistant Ranger Charlotte

 

 

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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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