More Green Meadow

Yesterday the volunteers, Jenny and I headed down to Moor Green Lakes to cut back one of the scrub islands on the north east corner of Colebrook Lake North. It’s important to retain this meadow which is awash with betony in the summer. Without this annual cutting of encroaching scrub this valuable meadow would soon be lost. The volunteers did really well clearing over a tennis court sized area near the raptor box. You can view the improvement from Colebrook Hide.

Scrub encroaching meadow

Island of encroaching scrub removed from meadow

Island of encroaching scrub removed from meadow

Duncan and Sean also helped us drop off some rotten logs ready for installing a stag beetle stumpery near the Blackwater Valley Path. If you’d like to help out then the volunteers will be cutting back along the ochreous stream (between the 3 lakes) and installing a stumpery on Sunday 12th March, meeting at 10:30am in the Lower Sandhurst Road car park.

Ranger Stuart

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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