Montgomery House Clearance in Wellesley Woodlands

On Thursday 22nd September the WWIG volunteers were joined by a mixture of civilian and military personnel from Montgomery Houses to work in Rushmoor Bottom, Duke’s Wood, Wellesley Woodlands.  Together they tackled invasive laurel around the back of the Wellington Statue as Paul strimmed back the road edges to help with sight lines.

No Laurel Can Escape Volunteers and bonfire

No laurel was left undefeated as the group took to the challenge with gusto, helped out by our more experienced WWIG volunteers.  The group made a noticeable difference to the light coming into the woodland where they worked.

Whilst the group were busy I noticed some woodland dwellers who come out at this time of the year, taking advantage of an old tree stump and a rotting pile of woodchippings.

Inkcap Fungus Inkcap Fungus Bracket Fungus

The top two, grey ones are Inkcaps and the bottom, browner one is a bracket fungus.  If you think you know which sort, leave a comment!

Our Corporate Vols

A big thank you to everyone who came out and helped us out.

Assistant Ranger Laura

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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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