Category Archives: Conservation

Ramping up access at Rowhill

Yesterday Stu and I headed up to Rowhill Nature Reserve where we built and infilled the last remaining ramp. It was great to finish off the boardwalk and get so many compliments from visitors. Senior Ranger Stuart

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Rowhill Boardwalk

This week the Blackwater Valley Rangers went to Rowhill Nature Reserve to install the long awaited Boardwalk. The Boardwalk is made of recycled plastic which in the very wet condition will last for many  years, opposed to the wooden version … Continue reading

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Stu’s Back.

Good Morning All, Tuesday was my first day back at Ash lock. For me and my family it has been a very long lockdown. Working from home for me was interesting, as you know I am a practical go out … Continue reading

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Common Carder Bee

This fluffy bumblebee looks like a Common Carder Bee (Bombus pascuorum), with the ginger top of the thorax and cream & black hairs in the abdomen. ID can be a challenge as colouring varies a lot between individuals, location and … Continue reading

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Is it a Podgy Hoverfly?

There’s been a bizarre black buzzing insect in the garden. It zips speedily around flowers then loiters with expert hovering, like a podgy Hoverfly. In a few lucky photos, I managed to identify it as a Hairy-footed Flower Bee (Anthophora … Continue reading

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Unlikely place to find Bees #1

I’m now attracting strange looks from the neighbours as I stare at the patio in my back garden, – not the first place you’d think of to discover wildlife. An insect was darting around the holes dug between the patio … Continue reading

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Post Storm Boardwalk Repair

After the last storm a month or so ago the Blackwater Valley rangers had a call of a broken section of boardwalk at Ash Green Meadows. I thought this would be a good test and some training for our regular … Continue reading

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The Birds and the Bees

Well it didn’t take long for the solitary bees to start breeding, after only starting emerging a couple of weeks ago. The Red Mason Bees (which I’ve found out have been renamed to Osmia bicornis) are already nesting in holes in … Continue reading

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Spy inside a solitary bee nest

It’s fascinating watching the bees buzzing around the garden. Last week I took a peek inside one of the nest boxes for solitary bees. This design allows you to take the front panel off to reveal the clear plastic nest … Continue reading

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Clearing the way at Ash Green Meadows

Before we went into lockdown and all volunteering tasks were sadly stopped, I was lucky enough to have a fantastic 24 volunteers at Ash Green Meadows . The main purpose was to clear the regeneration scrub in the wet meadows. … Continue reading

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