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Rivers Week – would you like to get involved?

Next week we’re inviting volunteers to join us for two tasks to improve the river biodiversity, as part of the Loddon Catchment Rivers Week. We’ll be installing woody debris in the channel with some drier bank side work. On Tuesday … Continue reading

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Scraping by at Southwood Woodland

Today I’ve been out with our tractor finishing of the main meadow hay cut that Stu started on Friday.  I tackled the Common Reed (Phragmities australis) at the wetter end, which I’m pleased to say that after 3 dry days … Continue reading

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Hollybush Hill Haycut

On Thursday last week Paul, Janet and Callum joined Sam, Stu and I to complete a hay cut at Hollybush Hill. The area had a large quantity of Canadian Goldenrod, which is an invasive species and prevents precious sunlight reaching native wildflowers and … Continue reading

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Corporate task (Saving the Saplings !)

Thursday 27th we had the pleasure of staff from Surrey County Council joining our usual Thursday volunteer task which was based at Thorn Hill. The main task of the day was to make happy saplings :). By this I mean … Continue reading

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Tea Break Flutters By

Yesterday I went for a stroll in our front garden at Ash Lock Cottage, a patch of grass just bigger than a tennis court, that we manage as a wildflower hay meadow. I discovered a hidden Field Vole (Microtus agrestis), a Brown Hawker Dragonfly (Aeshna … Continue reading

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Children find watery insects at Talavera 

Today Laura, I and Shirley the gull, are at Talavera Infant & Junior School Summer Fayre showing off minibeasts pond-dipped from Moor Green Lakes. It was interesting to find some of our more unusual minibeasts including water stick insects, which … Continue reading

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Fluttering over the Surrey Hills

Last week Stu and I headed down to the Surrey Hills end of the valley, south of Tongham. The unimproved chalk grassland we manage was alive with butterflies, including the striking Marbled White (Melanargia galathea) and Ringlet (Aphantopus hyperantus). There were … Continue reading

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