Monthly Archives: June 2017

Phone and email currently down

Our phone line and internet is currently down in the office. If you need to speak to anyone please ring 07701 020667.  Hopefully it will be fixed soon. 

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Fluttering over the Surrey Hills

Last week Stu and I headed down to the Surrey Hills end of the valley, south of Tongham. The unimproved chalk grassland we manage was alive with butterflies, including the striking Marbled White (Melanargia galathea) and Ringlet (Aphantopus hyperantus). There were … Continue reading

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Knolly’s Hill Fencing

Despite the heat the Blackwater Valley Countryside Volunteers joined Bobbie and I at Knolly’s Hill in Aldershot to dismantle old military wooden post and rail fence. Despite Bobbie managing to find us yet more Japanese Knotweed to spray the 4 … Continue reading

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Shiny new task programme for July

Volunteer Task Programme July 2017

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Dashing Demoiselles in Cove Brook

Yesterday at the Cove Brook Fun Day, Bobbie and I showed off pond dipped wildlife from the brook. One notable sighting was this nymph, which is rather on the large side for a damselfly larva. The three leaf-like caudal lamellae that … Continue reading

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Unexpected Wildlife

Today the volunteers and I are on our barn owl survey. It’s a lovely surprise to unearth two pyramidal orchids on our lunch break in a supermarket car park. Acting Senior Ranger Stuart

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Knot More Weed?

Yesterday Bobbie and I again donned our rather warm spray suits to cut and treat most of the remaining Japanese Knotweed in the Valley. If left unmanaged, then this non-native invasive plant forms a dense mono-culture that swaps other vegetation. … Continue reading

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Northern Walk

My fourth walk of the year for the Blackwater Valley Countryside Trust will be on Saturday June 17th. This will be a circular walk starting at Swallowfield All Saints Church car park at 10:00 and will be about 7 miles … Continue reading

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Our Models are back! 

It’s that time of the year again. We’re out wearing our hot, yellow spray suits so we can tackle the Japanese Knotweed across our sites, starting with Wellesley Woodlands.  We’ve now been working on some patches for four years and … Continue reading

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New Signage at Swan Lake Park

I am pleased to announce that the new height barrier and signage have now been installed at Swan Lake Park. The new barrier is designed to reduce antisocial behaviour and ensure those staying on site and keeping equipment on site … Continue reading

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