Category Archives: Conservation

New Volunteer Programme Published

Here is our new conservation task programme. Volunteer task programme April to May 2017 Ranger Stuart      

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Mytchett Community Come Together for Pond Restoration

Last week I was joined by local volunteers at Mytchett Community Centre to give their pond a spring clean. The pond had been left to nature but now, thanks to Tara, her family and Mychett Community Centre Group, a restoration … Continue reading

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Moor Green Lakes Work Party – Ochreous streams and stumperies

On a rainy Sunday 12th March we had the last work party of the winter led by Volunteer Leader Jon. In spite of the rain we had a good turnout of 11 and split into two groups. The first group … Continue reading

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Goodbyes 

Sadly today marks the end of my time at Blackwater Valley. Working here has been a great experience and there are many things I will miss! The staff and particularly the volunteers – but I’m not sure they will miss … Continue reading

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Spring is here for our toads

Today Jenny and I had a pleasant surprise when we found toads spawning at Darby Green Pond, where only a couple of weeks ago we discovered over 500 breeding frogs. Unlike the more frequent frogspawn, toads lay their jelly-covered eggs in double chains … Continue reading

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Parrot’s Feather and Frog’s Spawn at Darby Green Pond

Last week Stuart and I were joined by volunteers to remove more Parrot’s Feather (Myriophyllum aquaticum) from Darby Green Pond. We adopted the method perfected on our previous task last November. Although this time it was particularly tricky as most … Continue reading

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Hedge-laying complete at Moor Green Lakes

Last week six volunteer leaders and students joined Jenny and I to finish off the hedge-laying at Moor Green Lakes. Everyone did a fantastic job building on the section we’d already laid with the volunteers on the 31st January task. Over … Continue reading

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