A day at the Hatches

On Tuesday Laura and I were joined by volunteers for a mixture of tasks with our trustee Colin whom rings birds in the area. To begin with the weather looked threatening so we packed the gazebo which ofcourse garenteed us a beautiful day.

There were three big tasks for the day building board walks which was thoroughly enjoyed and moving them which was enjoyed less. But a great job was done. Mike and I had the not so nice task of putting the chicken wire on the boards but together we made it.

Edmund and Andrew built a cracking stumpery with a little help from Laura, Kathy and Janet. It helps us towards our target of 50 stumperys for the year and fills a gap in the valley. The logs were also covered in many different types of fungi which were beautiful.

The last job was to remove some encroaching Rhododendron which we made a good stab at.

All round an enjoyable day and very productive. Many thanks to all whom attended from Laura, Colin and myself.

Assistant Ranger Charlotte

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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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