Today 45 volunteers from 8th and 9th Bramshill Cubs and Scouts along with members of the public braved the chilly wet weather to help litter pick Yateley Common.

This years event was a slightly smaller event then in previous years, as it had originally been planned for Saturday 3rd March but had to be postponed due to the snow.

Although we had reduced numbers of people taking part we still managed to cover most of the Common and in total 108.5 hours were spent removing litter from Yateley Common with a total of 53 bags of rubbish, various bits of metal and plastic, a wooden fence panel, guttering, a motor bike frame, and a road sign frame were all removed.

A big Thank you to everyone who joined us!

Today -21st March 2018, is World Poetry day, and despite all the recent snow it’s also quite spring like out in the countryside and spring flowers are starting to show, so here is a poem about daffodils by William Wordsworth.
I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud
by William Wordsworth
I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.
Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.
The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed—and gazed—but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:
For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.

Volunteers play an important role in the work of Hampshire’s Countryside Service ranging from clearing footpaths to building bridges, cutting invasive scrub to lookering livestock and admin support. Here in the north of the county we have several groups of volunteers all donating their time to help the North Sites Team manage our nature reserves.

Help is needed throughout the year, but particularly during the winter months when we have much scrub clearing and woodland management to do. Winter is the best time to carry out this work as most wildlife is tucked up to avoid the cold and we are less likely to disturb them. Some of our sites are also designated especially for their important habitats and wildlife and as such, the work we carry out has to be done at this time of year.

This winter has seen a tremendous effort on the part of our volunteers. During the winter months (November to end February), they have totalled a very impressive 980 hours of time helping us across the sites. This means that with all the volunteer commitment, work by staff and contractors, we have been able to complete more of our work programme than previously expected and are busy planning what can be achieved this year.

We can’t thank everyone enough for all their help over the last few months, in fact to anyone and everyone who has volunteered with us in the past. Your help really does make a difference in helping us protect these special places.

The Rangers

There are several groups of volunteers assisting us, all of whom work tirelessly to help us protect the local countryside. It is a great way to meet like-minded people and to spend a few hours keeping fit and getting a breath of fresh air. Each group meet at a different site at different times of the week or month, so if you are interested in becoming a volunteer please get in touch.

01252 870425

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1st March is officially World Book Day, had the schools not been closed due to the snow so you may have seen children walking to school dressed as their favourite character, maybe you had to get creative and make your child’s costume, or maybe you’ve dressed up yourself.

Well the Rangers at Yateley Common haven’t dressed up for World book day, but we have been talking about our favourite books, especially the ones about the countryside, maybe you can think of a few?

There are of course an endless supply of information books with directions, instructions and facts and figures, but for World Book Day we were talking about story books.  Reading is a great way to go on an adventure without leaving the comfort of your favourite chair, but have you ever thought about picking up your book and enjoying it whilst out on your own adventure?

Lets start with everyone’s favourite bear, Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne  -The classic tale of a young boy, who along with his friends has many adventures in the 100acre wood. Who hasn’t imagined themselves in the woods on an adventure with Pooh? Well why not go on that adventure! Take a pleasant walk on Castle Bottom National Nature Reserve, and you may just stumble across a little bridge over a stream, it may only be small but it still seems like an ideal stop off for a game of Pooh sticks, or you may just catch a glimpse of Rat and Mole rowing along the stream to Toad Hall (Wind in The Willows, by Kenneth Grahame).

How about a visit to Zebon Copse Local Nature Reserve in Church Crookham, there are definitely mice and foxes and a visit from the odd owl so why not grab your copy of The Gruffalo, by Julia Donaldson and read it as you explore the woods, perhaps you may just catch a glimpse of a terrible creature with purple prickles all over his back, turned out toes and horrible wart on the end of his nose.  With a pond, plenty of trees and habitat piles made of logs, Zebon Copse really is a great place for the pages of the book to come to life.

No matter where your favourite countryside site is, a good book and a little bit of imagination can make you see the place in a whole new light. After all no matter which habitat you find yourself in, there is always a stick man waiting to be found!


Other Great books to enjoy reading outdoors or to inspire your own adventure:

The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle

We’re going on a Bear Hunt, by Michael Rosin and Helen Oxenbury

Watership Down, by Richard Adams

Swallows and Amazons, by Arthur Ransome

Famous 5 Books, by Enid Blyton

and many more…….