Bridge protection at Tices Meadow

Last week the volunteers joined Bobbie and I to install faggots to protect the Eastern (6m) Bridge that we installed. The bundles of ash stems were fixed down with chestnut posts and tied in with wire. The faggots have already proved useful at reducing bank erosion from dogs, which if left unchecked, could undermine the concrete abutments.

Ash faggots to protect eastern bridge abutments

If you want to take a look it’s easiest to enter the reserve through the new kissing gate off Overton Close, then turn left before you cross over the Western Bridge. The path under the pylon ride will bring you out to the Eastern Bridge.

A fun spot of aquatic engineering.

Senior Ranger Stuart

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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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