It’s been a cold start to the year, with snow beautifying the countryside and causing havoc to our roads. The birds haven’t seemed to notice much though, and can often be heard singing now throughout the day. The Rangers haven’t seemed to notice either, and we have been busying ourselves out and about on all of our sites, scrub-clearing on Yateley Common and Zebon Copse with Community Payback Teams and The Conservation Volunteers, helping out the Blackwater Valley Partnership (http://www.blackwater-valley.org.uk/index.htm) with felling works at Gerry’s Copse and even taking school groups out to experience the winter countryside and learn about local wildlife. This week we will be out at Zebon Copse (http://www3.hants.gov.uk/countryside/zebon-copse.htm), cutting willow to preserve ecologically important and nationally rare mire habitats. Next week, we will be out with Frogmore Junior School for some outdoor education, and preparing for our upcoming “Willow Craft Event” (re-scheduled for 2nd Feb due to the snow – we are still taking bookings!) and our ever-popular “Big Spring Clean Event” (coming up on 23rd Feb!) on Yateley Common. We are also preparing for the sale of firewood, a by-product of our heathland conservation works. If you are interested in buying firewood, or would like to get involved with one of our volunteer days or come along to one of our events, why not get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 01252 870425.
Photo: The sun shining down on Stroud Pond on Yateley Common, New Years Day
Photo: A family playing in the snow by the stream at Castle Bottom NNR at the weekend
Photo: Firewood waiting in the snow to be processed by the Rangers and barn-seasoned ready for sale