Ghoulish Grants Moor, MWA HAHA

It wasn’t that bad really, but had to get a Halloween pun in there somewhere.

Yesterday our team of volunteers managed a small patch of heathland in Grants Moor for our reptile friends, and we had a massive team of 20 people ! Good job I brought extra biscuits.

The site was starting to be taken over by various plant species such as Broom, Oak, Birch and Bramble and the Heather itself needed a bit of TLC as it had become too mature in some areas.

Janet and Chris tackled the large clump of Oak saplings.

Paul giving his usual cheek and Meticulous Mike going to town with the hedgecutter  on what once was a big patch of Bramble.

Lets play a game of spot the volunteer, there are five in this photo.


By the end of the day our heathland looked beautiful and clear. It is best to do heathland management at this time of year as most reptiles will be going into hibernation and therefore we cause very little impact to their environment. By removing invasive species, heather is able to grow easier and we can obtain different age classes which makes the area scrappy, perfect for scaly friends.


I would thank everyone individually but I think I would be here all day ! Thank you to everyone who came along, you all did a fantastic job managing the site.

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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1 Response to Ghoulish Grants Moor, MWA HAHA

  1. Gustav Clark says:

    That looks like some serious heathland work – like the pictures

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