Category Archives: Wildlife

Stumping the Valley

We’ve now been working on the stumpery project alongside the Blackwater Valley Countryside Trust for over a year now on the Stag Beetle Stumperies and we’re pleased with our results so far.  We will keep adding to the collection gradually as … Continue reading

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Spring has sprung

Up at Swan Lake this morning on a tree safety survey, the tree blossom was blooming on the Blackthorn and wild Crab Apples. Ranger Stuart

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River Blackwater Success Video

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Visiting Violets

Last week the team popped down to Surrey Hills by the Hogs Back to test a new mower for managing our chalk grasslands slopes. We also spotted some delicate Sweet Violets emerging from the hillside. Ranger Stuart

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The Song of the Morning

Dawn Chorus walk

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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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