Monthly Archives: March 2017

River Blackwater Success Video

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Moor Green Lakes Work Party – Ochreous streams and stumperies

On a rainy Sunday 12th March we had the last work party of the winter led by Volunteer Leader Jon. In spite of the rain we had a good turnout of 11 and split into two groups. The first group … Continue reading

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Sadly today marks the end of my time at Blackwater Valley. Working here has been a great experience and there are many things I will miss! The staff and particularly the volunteers – but I’m not sure they will miss … Continue reading

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Meandering at Manor Park

Today Stu, Charlotte, Jenny & I have been joined by volunteers Janet & Claire to thin trees at Manor Park Annexe. The weedier planted saplings have been removed to give the healthier trees room to grow.  We’ve also opened up … Continue reading

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Visiting Violets

Last week the team popped down to Surrey Hills by the Hogs Back to test a new mower for managing our chalk grasslands slopes. We also spotted some delicate Sweet Violets emerging from the hillside. Ranger Stuart

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The Song of the Morning

Dawn Chorus walk

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Sinking feeling at Swan Lake

Today I joined Jenny and Charlotte to install a replacement height barrier at Swan Lake. It was a challenging day digging a 1m hole for the slam post to hold the gate open, with an interesting array of large buried … Continue reading

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Would you like to work for the Blackwater Valley Rangers?

We’re currently recruiting for an new Assistant Ranger. If you would like to find out more, then please take a nose at this job link.      

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Spring is here for our toads

Today Jenny and I had a pleasant surprise when we found toads spawning at Darby Green Pond, where only a couple of weeks ago we discovered over 500 breeding frogs. Unlike the more frequent frogspawn, toads lay their jelly-covered eggs in double chains … Continue reading

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If you go down to the woods in April…

…An egg-stra treat is in store for young visitors to the Wellesley Woodlands. Easter Egg Hunt 2017 poster

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