Stag-gering school for wildlife

On Saturday I joined parents, children and teachers at North Farnborough Infant School to rejuvenate their tired wildlife garden. The volunteers got stuck into weaving and replanting a willow igloo and creating a tower of pallets for minibeasts. Each class can then adopt a layer of the tower and stuff with leaves, fir cones, twigs to encourage tame invertebrates.

The excavated earth from the new pond was stacked on top of the cut branches to create a hibernacula – a perfect home for frogs with lots of nooks and crannies for them to hide in.

Volunteers & Male Stag Beetle

Stag Beetle larvae

Fuelled by bacon butties we removed rotten logs seats and found a male stag beetle, – a great spot. We also unearthed a larvae which spends around 3 years munching on buried logs.  It’s important to look after these rare creatures so we kept them safe, then re-homed them on our very own stumpery of half buried vertical logs.

It was great to see the amazing transformation in just one day, and I look forward to helping install the new seating and pond. It will be great to finish off the project and create a new outdoor classroom to inspire the children to explore the outdoors.

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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