Official Opening of Tice’s Meadow Nature Reserve

On Friday Steve and I had the honour of being invited to the Tice’s Meadow Opening Ceremony marking the completion of the quarry restoration. The event hosted by the site owners Hanson, was well attended with over 40 representatives of organisations who have contributed to the nature reserve we enjoy today.

The post-gravel extraction vision for the site was originally set out as restoration to farmland. Thanks to the effort of organisations including BVCP, the potential of managing Tice’s Meadow as a nature reserve was discussed as the restoration plan evolved with our partners. For example, instead of filling in the meadows and grass seeding, we played an important role in highlighting the benefits of retaining the ephemeral lake and wet grassland, which plays a key role in making Tice’s Meadow a regionally important site for bird biodiversity.  Also the lake and newly created meandering River Blackwater channel contribute to flood protection downstream, by reducing peak water flow and acting as flood storage.

Enjoying a guided tour

The event coincided with the Bio Blitz hosted by the Tice’s Meadow Bird Group who take the lead with managing the site and surveying the biodiversity . It was a great opportunity for TMBG to show off Tice’s Meadow with guided tours to show everyone round. Thank you in particular to Richard and Mark for their invaluable hard work improving the site.

Over the year we’ve been busy down at Tice’s Meadow installing two new pedestrian bridges, and supporting the TMBG on smaller projects including; helping restore tern rafts, installing a memorial bench, reptile habitat work, tractor mowing and hosting our Christmas BBQ task.

During the presentations both Andy Duncan from Hanson and Simon Elson from Surrey County Council, thanked Steve Bailey our BVCP Manager for his instrumental role in the evolution of Tice’s Meadow. It’s fantastic to see his collaboration and expertise recognised on this rewarding project.

Senior Ranger Stuart




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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