Southwood Seed Drive

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Common Mallow Malva sylvestris

On a previous Sunday, I was joined by the budding Southwood volunteers for our monthly task. However, unlike the usual routine, this month we were undertaking the collection of Bluebell seeds as part of the Blackwater Valley Trust woodland wildflowers project. Southwood Woodland supports an abundance of Bluebells, a flower that indicates ancient woodland.

 

Many of the other woodland areas that we manage are very young and lack connectivity to older sites. Because of this, they are unable to naturally obtain the diverse and abundant understory that ancient woodlands display. The Trust is aiming to change this by obtaining local native seeds that can be distributed within the younger woodlands.

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Common Blue Butterfly Polyommatus icarus

Finding and collecting the seeds was a good challenge. When it was all said and done, we had managed to source several buckets full whilst leaving a plentiful amount so that Southwood could continue to flourish.

I can’t thank the volunteers who came along enough. Not only did they complete the seed collection but they then set about cutting back the paths and even completed a site safety inspection.

 

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Buff-tip Moth Phalera bucephala

 

Thank you to all those who came out to help.

It was fantastic to get Southwood looking more preened and to get the Trust project underway.

If you would like to volunteer at Southwood Woodland or help sow the seeds n Autumn then please keep an eye out on our blog for our volunteer program.

Acting 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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