Xylem in a scrape on Long Island

Moor Green Lakes has enjoyed a helping hand with colleagues from Xylem Water Solutions, who joined our Tuesday Volunteers to bravely negotiate the floating pontoon over to Long Island.  I’m pleased that everyone negotiated the boating antics like the other  Xylem team the week before at Hawley Meadows.

The task was to clear riparian (water-side) birch and willow scrub to open up a scrape, which provides a sheltered shallow inlet for wading birds. The volunteers worked well clearing the narrow earth bund which encloses the scrape, then processing the timber into log piles for invertebrates and brash to burn.

The volunteers tree felling on the scrape bund

The volunteers tree felling on the scrape bund

We’ll return in a months time to finish off the last patch of tree felling to open up the scrape. Once the bund is cleared it will be colonised by grasses and rushes to make a much more appealing area for our wading birds. I took a photo of another scrape we worked on a year ago, to demonstrate the dramatic effect the scrub clearance has.

A similar scrape a year after bund tree clearance

A similar scrape a year after bund tree clearance

Thank you to all the volunteers for a really productive task.

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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