Cutting the way

On Thursday 12 July I was joined by Paul, Mike, Eric, Matt and Ed at Chalk Farm, Wellesley Woodlands to cut back the paths and remove brambles from around the saplings planted roughly 4 years ago. 

Matt, Ed and Mike took strimmers and hedge cutters out to head round the long circular path. They were cutting around posts and fences, as well as siding up the edges so that when Stu joined us in the afternoon with the Kubota he had a clear edge to now down. 

Meanwhile Paul and Eric tackled the saplings running along the northern edge of the site, nearly disappearing it had gotten so overgrown.  


Whilst working I was greeted by something a little different. (Arachnophobes look away now!) 

This is a Nursery Web Spider – Pisaura  mirabilis. Under her body you can see her carefully wrapped eggs which she is carrying in her jaws. She will be looking for a safe place to put them so she can guard then until all the spiderlings hatch. I carefully put her to one side to carry on her way.

Thank you to everyone who joined me in the heat. Whilst it’s not as hot as last week, it’s still enough that physical work is very draining and we accomplished everything I had hoped we could. 

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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