Brownies and Brown Knees earn Butterfly Badge

On Sunday Brownies from 1st Shinfield and other local groups joined us at Moor Green Lakes in Finchampstead, to earn part of their butterfly badge. The girls were really enthusiastic and got stuck in cutting invasive willow from the shoreline, helped out by Tony, Mike, Sarah and Sue.

The girls snipping willow

The girls snipping willow

The task was ideally suited for the children who were at the right height to snip the fine willow trees, with the leaders and guides lending a hand to saw the larger trees. There was a dramatic transformation by lunch time with one bank cleared at the north end of Colebrook Lake North. Thanks to the girls hard work we’ve opened up the lake edge so more birds, like snipe, can rest in the grassy margins.

View north west of fine willow scrub

A good mornings work

A good mornings work

The day finished off with the obligatory bonfire with marshmallows. I was very pleased to hear that my brown knees effort had also earned us the brownie badge too. Thank you to everyone for all their hard work and making the day so fun.

1st Shinfield Brownies joined by other groups

1st Shinfield Brownies joined by other groups

Sarah, Mike, Tony and the Brownies

Sarah, Mike, Tony and the Brownies

Guiding Butterfly Badge

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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One Response to Brownies and Brown Knees earn Butterfly Badge

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