Bottom of the Revetment

On Tuesday 8th May the BVC Volunteers joined Stuart, Stu and I in Rushmoor Bottom, Wellesley Woodlands in the glorious sunshine and haze of mosquitos, to build a revetment in the stream which we have previous improved. Day 1. Day 2. Day 3

The revetment has gone in to protect an oak tree on the bank that has started to lean across the stream towards the path, keeping the habitat in place for creatures such as bats and to prevent it falling onto the path.  It’s only real support were bricks that had been left in place since our first task to remove all the MOD debris and these were now beginning to wash free!

 

We put a revetment in at the other side to prevent the path being undermined as well as dams further upstream to slow the flow of water and create deeper pools for wildlife.  Sedges were planted in areas to help stabilise the loose soil and bind it together for a longer lasting bank.

Whilst most of us got wet, muddy (and hot!  Waders don’t breathe!) David and Tony headed off with our saw-on-a-stick to the single firing wall on site to remove dead wood overhanging the path.  This will help lighten the load on the tree limbs and help prevent it dropping the dead wood onto people passing below.

Thank you to all our volunteers.  As usual they work hard even whilst being nibbled alive.

Ranger Laura

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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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