Extreme ragwort removal at Moor Green Lake

Attention grabbing headline I know, however, from the image below you can see that we hardly had to make several trips to empty our trailer.

Although I will not complain about not having enough ragwort to pull, especially when the temperature was almost in the mid 30’s. It is planned for cattle to be brought onto site in order to remove dominant grasses and give other flora species a chance to grow. Unfortunately ragwort is toxic to cows and increases in toxicity when dried. Which is why it was so appreciated that our volunteers had a good look to remove the last remnants and dispose of the ragwort in an out of reach area.

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well done gang ! hopefully thats the last of it

 

Our volunteer task quickly became a pleasant stroll around the lake which meant we could be a little more wild !

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Keeping an eye out for the rarely seen ragwort

Awkwardly we caught this pair of six spotted burnets having a wild time. Woops, sorry guys! We shall leave you to it.

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I have only been to this site once before and I was leading a pond dipping session for almost 15 children so I was a little busy. This time I could really appreciate what Moor Green Lakes has to offer.

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With the temperatures im sure we were all very tempted to have a dip.

A huge thank you to our volunteers Mike, Jerry, Duncan, Natalie, Mary and Jane. It was a pleasant day and I couldn’t think of a more perfect task and site for todays weather.

 

Assistant Ranger Bobbie Withers

 

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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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