Blackwater Reach SSSI Meadow Task

Yesterday Jenny, Laura and I headed out with the volunteers to remove some invasive willow from the Blackwater Reach SSSI (site of special scientific interest), a small meadow that we manage between the Sandhurst Memorial Park Pond and the River Blackwater. We continued our October task to cut back encroaching willow, and had great success removing over half the willow scrub island by the Blackwater Valley Path Bridge.

Meanwhile, whilst Paul and John were busy clearing trees, Laura taught Mike and I how to turn the chipper blades. Our chipper has circular blades which need to the turned regularly to keep them sharp, so it was great to learn this fiddly job from Laura.

Laura teaching Mike and I to turn chipper blades

Laura teaching Mike and I to turn the chipper blades

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New opened up view from the bridge into BW Reach Meadow

New opened up view from the bridge into BW Reach Meadow

Thank you to the volunteers.

Ranger Stuart

 

 

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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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