Cross Team Working – Meadow mowing at Yateley

On Tuesday this week both Ranger Stu and myself helped the Yateley Rangers to mow, cut and collect the field by the Cricketers.

We managed to cut the whole meadow in the one day, below is Stu using the larger tractor with both the flail and the trailer for the first time. The flail throws the cut grass into the air, a messy task, but most of the grass ends up in the trailer. This is a  site that requires all the material to be taken off site, so the only option is to use the larger machinery.

Yateley mowing

Yateley mowing

Below is the tractor and flail in full cutting mode, this is the sites annual cut and helps keep the nutrients lows and species diversity high.

Yateley mowing

Yateley mowing

A successful day with Rangers Jo and David from Yateley Common.

Andrew, Senior Ranger

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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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