Kennels Lane Meadow gets a Haircut!

On Tuesday 5th of September, our volunteers joined Bobbie and I at Kennels Lane Meadow for a spot of maintenance work. The aim of the day was to enhance the grassland habitat on the site.

The Tasks for the Day

Sections of birch, as well as some willow saplings, were removed due to encroachment. The area was also in need of a hay cut. Tony, Chris, and Mike were a fantastic help using the pedestrian mower to cut the grass. Once cut, it was then raked and dragged into hidden piles. These grass piles become fabulous little nests for wildlife on the site. Check out the images below for some before and after shots.

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The Biodiversity of Kennels Lane Meadow

When Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership first inherited the site some 20 odd years ago, it was dominated by scrub with a few patches of grassland. Since then, we here at the partnership along with our hard-working volunteers, have done well to increase the size of this little meadow along with its biodiversity.

Wildflowers thrive in nutrient poor soil. By hay cutting the site, we are able to remove the nutrients provided by grass. This, in turn, encourages the growth of wildflowers as opposed to the usually dominant grasses and scrub.

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Abundant on site are butterflies and frogs. On the day, we were also lucky enough to spot a juvenile Common Toad as well as a male adult Common Lizard! Tricky little things to see, let alone photograph!imageedit_1_2339854076

If you are interested in the bigger picture regarding our works at Kennels Lane Meadow, please check out this previous article with imagery from back in 2011.

Once again, thank you to everyone who came out to help with the task. Your work is greatly appreciated.

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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