Oh no not another assistant ranger !!!!


In case you have yet to meet me, my name is Bobbie and I am the new assistant ranger, my main passion is reptiles and amphibians of which I regularly refer to as my herp-babies but in all honestly I adore all animals. This is the reason why from a young age I thought I wanted to be an RSPCA inspector. However after some education and experience I quickly realised that the best way to help animals is to save their environment which is why I decided to work in conservation (plus I love playing with power tools!)

On Thursday 22nd June the volunteer task was based at North Frimley Hatches, Obviously someone had a very good birthday as we filled many bags of litter with cans, napkins, candles, banners and other party supplies, and among it all was a large common frog who was a little late to the party. Furthermore we collected the usual bike tires and drainage tubes. Our amazing volunteers cut back the paths and collected all this litter within just a few hours!

During our lunch break we were over looking the lake and joined by an egg laying black tailed skimmer dragonfly, the first I have seen this year, and later on I saw a glimpse of a beautiful painted lady and a very fast golden coloured frog!

So far I have usually worked on very large sites such as Ash Ranges and Greenham Common, so working with BVCP has given me a slight epiphany about how it is more important than ever to work on small sites in urban areas. I found the site to be rather beautiful and has so much potential, in some places the water of the river is quite clear and the sediment the side of the river is perfect for seeing the footprints of local wildlife.

Thank you ever so much Mike, Janet and Paul you were awesome !!!!

Assistant Ranger Bobbie

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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