Surrey Hills Spring Clean

Our latest volunteer task here at Blackwater Valley was to give one of our roadside sites by the Hog’s Back a spring clean.

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The job of the day was to remove some old rabbit fencing that had no use anymore. This proved difficult as trees had ground through the fence and the wire had been dug into the ground and pegged down. So once Mike, Eric, Melvyn and Tony had removed all the staples and long bits of wire Duncan, Paul and Jon got to digging. We then used rope to attach the end of the fence to our ride on mower which proved to have enough grunt to pull the fencing from the ground (with a lot of help from Duncan’s digging and Paul’s pulling).

Whilst the fencing was coming out Chris got to strimming the path and the verge. Carefully missing the cowslips which had not yet gone to seed. Tony and Melvyn then provided the finishing touches by litter picking and blowing the path.

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Cutting the verge now will reduce the more dominant faster growing species from taking over and give more wildflowers a chance to flourish. If your interested in wildflowers and invertebrates or just want a nice walk/cycle through the countryside its definitely worth a visit.

Ast. Ranger Jenny

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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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