Birch Brook

Yesterdays volunteer task was at Birch Brook  (a former allotment site) on the Cove Brook. The site is now a nature reserve with a meadow area and mixed woodland. Birch Brook is managed by the Cove Brook Greenway Group whom manage the open spaces along the river. 

Paul and Hilda from the Cove Brook Greenway  Group along with many of our regular volunteers completed a hay cut and some bramble bashing (avoiding the raspberries left over from its former days). Pushing the encroaching scrub back has extended the meadow area and opened up the site. This has been a long term task and has allowed Yellow Iris and Pendulous Sedge to establish on site. Hard work but the results are worth it! There was also time to finish of training our volunteer Duncan on the motor scythe. 

Thank you to everyone for all there hard work it is much appreciated both by us and the Cove Brook Greenway  Group.

Assistant Ranger Charlotte


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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