Scraping off ice at Moor Green Lakes

Yesterday the volunteers joined Jenny and I to defrost by our toasty fire on Long Island. The main task was to finish clearing trees from the narrow earth bund around the scrape on the SW corner of the island, a job we kicked off back in October with the Xylem Volunteers.

Tony and Kathy created a roaring fire early on, whilst Mike and Duncan bravely built a temporary bridge across the open end of the scrape. It was rather tricky breaking the ice to position the crates, then resting the planks on top, but it was ideal to reduce our tramping.

Mike braving our new bridge

Mike braving our new bridge

The remaining trees were no match for the volunteers who used bowsaws, and a saw-on-a-stick to cut the willow growing into the water. Finally we stumped up with the chainsaw to provide a newly cleared open scrape ideal for emergent vegetation and wading birds. You can get a good view of our work from the Bird Viewing Screen on Colebrook Lake South if you’d like to take a look.

Completed bund felling by scrape

Completed bund felling by scrape

 

End of the day (Chris photo)

End of the day (Chris photo)

Thank you to everyone for a fantastic task.

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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