Wet Day In Wellesley!

On Tuesday the 2nd myself, Stuart and five brave volunteers headed out to Claycart car park to continue the long term project of Laurel removal. Everyone got stuck in and managed to clear the path junction east of the bridge by lunch time. Despite the persistent rain throughout the day (and the lunch gazebo falling apart).

Unfortunately, by lunchtime both Stuart and my boots had started to fill up with water so we decided to call a shorter day. We are still amazed by how much we got done in the time we had. A massive thank you to Becky, Mike, David, Eric and Callum for all the help!

As bonus for our efforts we encountered male Smooth Newts. Beautifully photographed by Stuart here.


Assistant Ranger Sam


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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