Moor Green Lakes Work Party – Clearing Tern Island

After postponing the Tern Island task from December due to bad weather, everyone was delighted when we woke up to a sunny but cold and breezy morning with 22 eager volunteers. Stuart turned up with boat and motor and was soon ferrying people across to the island while work started on clearing in front of Colebrook Hide.

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Tern Island at the start of the day

By teatime a good routine had been established clearing the weeds and loading the “trailer boat” for Stuart to take back to the shore and unload. After a quick break, work resumed and by lunchtime the bulk of the unfenced island was clear of weeds.

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Stuart ferrying volunteers and tools


After lunch the team concentrated on the fenced area. With lots of help from our many new volunteers this area was soon cleared and we were ready to start packing up.

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Leaving volunteer leader Jon on the beautifully cleared Tern Island


Back on shore the other team had made a huge difference in front of the hide and were now off removing Willow from further down the shoreline.

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View of the beautifully cleared shore in front of the hide



Many thanks to Stuart, Jon and all our volunteers for a job well done and we look forward to seeing you again on our last Sunday task on March 11th.

Volunteer Leaders: Duncan, Jon and Jane.



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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