Fir Drive Local Green Space

Today I led a task on a local patch of green space on the corner of Fir Drive, Blackwater. Despite the sites small size there was lots to do in this autumn clean up. Tasks included cutting overhanging branches, creating habitat piles, trimming back holly and scrub invading the path, removing the invasive non-native laurel and blowing the path.

The site includes several different species of broadleaved trees, including a very old oak. It also has a understory valuable for wildlife. The holly berries provide food for birds and the ivy provides much needed hibernation spots for butterflies and other insects over the winter. Whilst there I spotted the iconic toadstool fungi, Amanita muscaria.

Assistant Ranger Jenny



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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