Reaching for a larger SSSI meadow in Blackwater

Paul, Edmund and Mike recently joined us at Blackwater Reach, a small SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) meadow that we manage between the Sandhurst Memorial Park Pond and the River Blackwater. In addition to our Autumn volunteer hay cut, we periodically need to cut back invasive willow scrub that if left unchecked will encroach on our special meadow.

The twisted and leaning willows were good training for Charlotte and John, who gained valuable experience in carefully felling more awkward trees that were more likely to rotate unexpectedly.

John and Charlotte discussing how to fell awkward willow

John and Charlotte discussing how to fell an awkward willow

Cleared view from pond onto Blackwater Reach

Cleared view from pond onto Blackwater Reach

Meanwhile with a touch of serendipity we chipped some of the brash on to our stumpery to provide extra decaying wood for the stag beetles.

Chipping brash onto our recent stag beetle stumpery

Chipping brash onto our recent stag beetle stumpery

Ranger Stuart

 

 

 

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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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