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Fleet Pond

photo photo photo Luckily this time we had the better day of the weekend, and cleared a good area of pine seedlings from the heath. We left some for the local group, who unfortunately may have got rather wet the next day. Thanks to Mark for the pictures.

College Copse

photo photo photo A weekend hedgelaying was reduced to one day by heavy snow on Saturday night.

Gull Coppice

photo photo Part of the work on our latest visit was to create a more open scalloped area, to see what responds to the light. Tree stumps were treated to reduce re-growth, and temporarily covered to keep any rain off.
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We have been steadily working our way around the paths, widening them to allow more light in, and create better access for the public. Thanks to Jenny for the photos.

Little Phrympth Copse

photo photo photo There was a good turn-out here, clearing old larch brash and some birch, with lots of scouts from 1st Bishop's Waltham Scout Group. Thanks to Martin Robinson for the pictures, there are more here.

Sandy Point

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There's much more to do, but two days of gorse-bashing created some more open areas, and should allow more ground flora to come through. A varied structure for the gorse is also good for Dartford Warblers. Thanks to Jenny for the pictures.

College Copse

photo photo A lot of birch was cleared from a coppice compartment, leaving oak and a few hawthorn. It is hoped to use the birch regrowth as feed for the cattle. This is an ancient but neglected source of fodder known as tree hay. Branches are cut in mid-summer and bundled up tight into faggots. They can be stored and used during the winter.
We inspected the plastic deer netting that we put up earlier in the year. It's still in place, protecting a good regrowth of hazel.

Wendleholme

photo Lots of gorse was cleared on the first day, though our assault on the buddleia was stopped short by the next day's weather.

Ancells Farm

photo photo photo A lot of scrub clearance has taken place, not all by us.
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On our second visit this year we started on another patch of scrub which covered a bund created when a scrape was dug out. The idea of a scrape is to remove the nutrient-rich top layer so that rarer plants may thrive in poorer soil. It seems to have had the effect of creating a good shallow pond, with various water-loving plants.
The site manager, Richard Hennessey says "I checked in at Ancells today and was blown away by how much you and the team achieved over the weekend, thank you so much for doing such a great job. I would appreciate it if you could pass on my thanks to all involved. Roll on next spring so that we can see what comes up there now!"

Foxbury

photo There's much to do here to keep the birch under control and get the heather to thrive. We used tree-poppers on the smaller ones, and more traditional cutting and treating on the larger ones. Our cleared area can be seen to the left of the people.

Hazeldown

photo This is a more accurate name for the eastern end of Deacon Hill. As well as the essential scrub clearing, we started on coppicing the hazel on the righthand side of the photo, taken by Mark.

Ovington Water Meadows

photo photo photo This annual visit to Ovington was rewarded with good weather and a lot of progress in maintaining the channel structure and vegetation on the meadow. Thanks to Maria Watson's husband for the photos.

Bassetts Mead

photo The winding Loddon river suffers bank erosion from both natural and human causes. Various revetments were installed which will give the river's wildlife more places to hide. This was largest one, and will help to speed up the flow and keep the river-bed clear of silt.

White's Corner, Hayling Island

photo photo photo There was a bit of ragwort to sort out, but mostly finding gates buried in scrub and gaining access. Thanks to Terry Smith for the pictures.
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Hook Valley

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Here was a task to build up your arm muscles, at least in the mornings. After lunch we surveyed the reserve for anything that the new management might want to know about.

Shedfield Common

photo Our lunchtime break from holly cutting included the novel trial of toasting tea-cakes on the bonfire. The best technique involved putting the fork through the side so that it could easily be rotated. If that was too much of a shock, traditional marsh-mellows were also available. Picture by Jenny.

Bartley Heath

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A fine weekend was spent cutting, burning and treating birch. Previous recent work showed that good progress is being made in the battle of the birch.

Hook Valley, Warsash

photo photo This seemed like Mission Impossible at first but two days work made a pretty good impression on the Rhododendron which has engulfed the site. There was lots of very positive interaction with the locals on the footpath.

Shedfield Common

photo photo Two days, one wet, one dry, made a big difference to an overgrown area of wet grassland.

Kites Croft

photo photo Revetments made from bundles of hazel coppice stems were staked into place to help control erosion by the stream. We had the most rain for many months.

Minstead Study Centre

photo photo Some coordinated heaving and grunting was required to move an old section of bridge which was being undermined. With it safely in its new home, an extension completed the task. Thanks to Jenny for the photos.

West Down, Chilbolton

photo photo photo Lots of ragwort was pulled on a rather warm day with initial help from residents.

Greywell Moors

photo photo Karen says ".. A very wet day, so difficult to get the fire going. Andy and Hugh were our brushcutting team and Bryan was managing the fire, everyone else worked very hard clearing a massive amount of scrub, but the site was cleared and all scrub finally burnt by the end of the day".

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