|Basingstoke Conservation Volunteers|
|Hands-on help for local wildlife|
News - October 2010
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BCV now on Facebook.
BCV now has a "group page" on Facebook. We hope that this will lead to a more interactive feel to the group, rather than all events and activities coming from your revered committee!
So, whether it's a piece of news that you think is of interest, an event that you'd like to publicize, an issue that you'd like to discuss, or anything else that has relevance for BCV, then you now have the opportunity to take part.
The BCV group is not publicly accessible - you have to receive an invitation to join. This is our way of trying to keep the content relevant and to prevent the page from being hijacked by "noise" from general web users. So, if you'd like to gain access, please contact either or , giving them the email address that you use on Facebook; they will then arrange for an invitation to join the group to be sent to you.
New policy for "using gloves on a task".
We've decided on a new policy for providing volunteers with gloves for use on work parties. The new plan is that you will now be issued with a brand new pair of gloves when you attend a task. You should then label the gloves with your name and bring them along to any subsequent tasks for your personal use. If/when they become worn-out through use, then we will issue a replacement pair for you.
We hope that this will result in a "better glove experience" for everyone.
A reminder to all regular volunteers, that you are entitled to spend up to £40 on personal safey-gear that you use while on BCV tasks. The group will continue to provide gloves, but if there is any other clothing that you think is required (e.g. strong boots or goggles), hand the receipt for the goods to Dave, and he will arrange for you to receive the first £40 of the expense.
These now appear in reverse-chronological order - in other words, the most recent reports are just below while the older ones are at the bottom of the page.
|25 October 2009||Ecchinswell||Pond maintenance|
Maybe it was something to do with the offer of free food (soup and hot-dogs), but a goodly crowd of BCV volunteers came to
Ecchinswell to help in the annual pond clearance day.
The pond is of good wildlife quality, playing host, amongst other things, to a colony of Great Crested Newts.
Some work is done annually by the Parish Council to prevent marginal vegetation encroaching too far into the open water.
The time of year is chosen to cause least disturbance to the newts.
Postscript: By December, the pond was full once more and looking really good!
|13 & 20 Sep 2009||Pamber Forest||Coppicing|
What a start we've had to the coppicing season at Pamber Forest!
|15 Feb 2009||Pamber Forest||Coppicing|
After all the cold weather and the cancellation of the Noar Hill task due to the snow,
the BCVers were obviously desperate to get out into the fresh air today, as 18 volunteers
assembled at the Honeymill Brook entrance to the forest.
|25 Jan 2009||Fleet Pond||Scrub clearance|
Despite a dismal weather forecast and unpromising conditions first thing in the morning, five BCV volunteers made it out to the Countryside Workshop for 10 am. As conditions were looking up, we turned down the offer of work under cover and headed out to Fugelmere Marsh accompanied by Colin Gray and David Buckler. The original plan to brushcut Bog Myrtle had already been abandoned due to high water levels, so the work was to continue extending the 'scallop' in the marsh-side woodland to let in more light. Due to the relatively small numbers, we concentrated on the smaller trees and underbrush (chiefly holly), mostly leaving the larger trees for chainsaws. Defying the wet, we managed to light a bonfire to burn most of the brash, while stacking the larger timbers. By mid afternoon we had cleared a good section of the marsh edge of saplings and brush and, having ensured the bonfire was fully extinguished, were able to head off home for a nice warm bath!
|4 Jan 2009||Ecchinswell and Burghclere||Winter Walk|
10 people braved the cold weather to join Mike's walk on January 4th. We met up at Mike's house at 10am, and then headed off into the fields to the north-west of Ecchinswell. The countryside looked wonderful, with a white sheen from the hard frost and some watery sunshine picking out the winter colours.
A highlight along the way for those interested in birds, was the sighting of a female/immature hen harrier, quartering in the air
above the old railway line near Burghclere, very close to the area where we hold tasks.
After a couple of hours or so, having barely seen another person,
we fetched up at the Carpenter's Arms in
Burghclere for a very welcome Sunday lunch, followed by some old-fashioned hot-puds to fuel us up
for the walk back.
|21 Dec 2008||Pamber Forest||Coppicing|
The last task of the year brought out the volunteers in force for a day of coppicing at Pamber Forest.
Perhaps it was the promise of free Christmas trees (in the form of cut-your-own-Scots-pine) or perhaps the fine weather?
Whatever the cause, it was great to see so many hands to get stuck into this project near the north-western boundary of the
|26-28 Sep 2008||Roydon Woods, New Forest||Coppicing|
|Read all about the Roydon Woods Residential task here.|
|6 July 2008||Old Down, Basingstoke||Rabbit fencing|
The job today was to put up a rabbit exclosure at Old Down.
The volunteer group there, led by Paul Beevers, are running some experiments to find the best way to
re-seed wild flowers onto the site.
Despite heavy rain almost the whole day, five people from BCV turned out - Mike our leader for the day, Stuart, Dave and new
volunteers Shane, and Natalie from the south of France, who is studying to be a wildlife professional.
The Old Down Conservation Group also turned up in force helping out with the fence, pulling ragwort
and most importantly keeping our energy levels and spirits up with lots of cakes.
Here are a few pics ...
|8 June 2008||Old Burghclere Lime Pits||Scrub removal|
|11 May 2008||Pamber Forest||Deer fencing|
|27 April 2008||Noar Hill, Selbourne||Stock fencing|
|30 March 2008||Old Burghclere Railway||Scrub bash|
|9 March 2008||Ancell's Farm, Fleet||Reed bash|
A small but dedicated group turned out on 9th March for a spot of Juncus-bashing at Ancells Farm near Fleet.
The aim of the work was to cut back the rushes (Juncus) dominating an area of one field to allow better
access for grazing cattle, which would result in a more broken-up vegetation structure and increased biodiversity.
Despite the small team, the designated area was successfully cleared and the cut material piled in two monster
heaps near the entrance to the field.