Roboteers Start Your Engines

Now breeding bird season has officially come to its end we have been making plans to cut back unwanted scrub.

At Moor Green Lakes Nature Reserve the banks of the lakes are prone to being taken over by bramble. This is no good for wading birds and ducks as it is good at hiding predators and too thick for them to nest in. The banks of the lakes can also be very steep, making it difficult to cut. Unless you have a trusty Robo-mower on hire!

MGL Robo Sam Before

Sam using the Robo-mower to tackle a big slope of bramble

We used the Robo-mower on Colebrook Lake north to remove large patches of bramble on steep slopes that would have otherwise been very difficult and time consuming to tackle.

MGL Robo Cow After

Bramble tackled, a Dexter cow comes to investigate

Bramble does provide a great habitat for many birds and good food source for many insects, so there are areas where we consciously leave it alone. However it is quick to spread so to maintain a diverse habitat and a diversity of wildlife we removed it from areas of the lake bank.

Keep an eye out for waders and ducks using the cleared areas next Spring.

Acting Ranger Jenny

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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