Volunteer Leader Update – Plover Island

Last Sunday the Moor Green Lakes volunteers had our annual trip to Plover Island to clear vegetation and expose the shingle surface. In spite of the cold northerly wind we had a good turnout of 16 and when Jon donned his waders and setup the pontoon we could all get started.

before Duncan Plover Island 2017

Having cleared the island last year it was amazing how much had grown back.



As well as the normal vegetation clearing, Roger and Jon had plans to re-profile an area of the shore to provide shallows for wading birds and Tony, Sarah and Angus set to extending the jetty towards the shore.

ShallowsBefore Duncan Plover Island 2017

Roger planning the shoreline excavations and Tony (top right) starting the pontoon extension.


By lunchtime, the pontoon had been extended so we could start barrowing the piles of vegetation that had already been accumulated. It was so much easier now that you didn’t have the drop off the end of the pontoon into mud.

PontoonComplete Duncan Plover Island 2017

The pontoon team and their excellent extension.



Roger and his team also completed a nice shallow muddy edge providing a loafing/ feeding area for water birds.

Shallows Duncan Plover Island 2017

Roger putting the finishing touches to the re-profiled island edge.


The hard work continued after lunch and by the end of the day the island was looking really clear.

After Duncan Plover Island 2017

Work completed at the end of the day.


It was just down to Jon again to brave the water and return the pontoon to the island.

Jon Duncan Plover Island 2017

It was just down to Jon to brave the water and return the pontoon to the island.


Many thanks to all the volunteers that came out on Sunday. You have made an incredible difference. Our next volunteer work party will be on Sunday December 10th where we hope to clear Tern Island (weather permitting).

Volunteer Leaders: Duncan, Jane and Jon


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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